and don't forget to have a good vacation High performers recognise that a vacation is more than just rest and relaxation. They realise that a vacation is just as much a time of creative exploration.
Most importantly, they realise that this phenomenon affects them completely subconsciously. You don't finish a vacation with a declaration, "WOW! I am so refreshed and ready to start working again." Even when you get your hands back on your tools, your grip may be a little stiff from the period of disuse.
But when you get back up to speed, you suddenly realise that you're fresher, more insightful, and ready to rock on for another year. That's why you need to take a vacation.