How many of you are taking a real day off today?

It’s Thanksgiving today. It’s supposed to be a day to celebrate with family and friends, a day to give thanks for the blessings in our life.

That’s all well and good. But I wonder: How many of us really take the entire Thanksgiving holiday — or any holiday, for that matter — off from work? I know I don’t. I’ll snatch moments here and there to work on assignments that have looming deadlines. I’ll do some editing work. I might even spend an hour working on the layout for the real estate magazine that goes to press in early December.

And I know I’m not alone. We can blame it on computers and the Internet. Even when no one is supposed to be working, we’re all sending e-mail messages, viewing online reports and adding last-minute touches to that big report due the first week of December. Computers and the Internet make it so easy to work from home, we sometimes don’t know how not to work when we’re supposed to be off.

There’s no use fighting this, unfortunately. It’s part of the new reality of the working world. But, don’t forget that today is supposed to be a holiday. Do that work you’re itching to do. Just do it quickly and then get back to that family of yours. They’re pretty important, too, you know.