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“Being on holiday is not having anything to do and having all day to do it.” – Robert Orben

How many of you feel disoriented during holidays? There can be something unsettling when switching from a very frenetic schedule to not having anything to do at all. Sometimes it might even take a turn for the worse, with some of us experiencing leisure sickness (that thing that happens when you catch a cold on your first day off). This is especially true if your Summer plans consist of a staycation.

Usually, the first days go by smoothly . But by the end of the first week, boredom starts to kick in. You start checking your emails, taking phone calls, taking care of unfinished business while waiting to get back in the office. It’s not that we can’t live without work, it’s just that we get so used to having external stimulations that we don’t know how to manage 24 hour days of disconnection anymore. I say “we” because I went through this exact same experience last Summer.

Even though I live right by the beach in Corsica, I decided to spend my holidays back at home, in Ravenna, Italy, where the sea is less enticing! After the first few days spent catching up with family and friends, I found myself with nothing to do, and in my case, nothing new to explore. My level of productivity went down to zero. That’s when I gave in and started sending a few work emails while planning what I wanted to do when I got back. So much for my time off. Fact is, some of us just can’t surrender to the pleasure of doing nothing for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If traveling is not in the equation, a pleasant solution could involve diving into a project that can be just as useful as it is creative and fun. I could tell you to dedicate yourself to DIY, but you know me, I tend to gravitate towards two topics: food and apps. With Summer in full swing, indulging isn’t a clever option, so instead, let me give you a “tech” idea to create your app in a laid-back fashion and still enjoy your Summer break.