A reader writes…
“ Dear, Anita,
I have been working my tail off at work trying to keep up with cutbacks and putting strategies in place to increase productivity. I feel drained and worn out. What do you think would help me recharge my batteries and get myself back in the game?”
Many managers and business owners find themselves becoming slaves to their jobs; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they constantly are thinking, doing, or worrying about work. Smart phones, tablets, and laptops don’t make things
Making mental lists of the things that have to be taken care of Monday morning, putting together proposals in their mind while trying to get some sleep, and skipping out on events with family and friends to accomplish a project may be a little overboard. Don’t get me wrong — drive and dedication to your profession are great traits, but sometimes it is best for you, your team, and your company to give your brain a break.
David Allen, the author of Making It All Work, Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life, promotes “brain-cations.” He says: “I think productivity is always enhanced when you have the chance to evaluate your life and work from multiple horizons. Vacations help you from getting too far down in the weeds and provide an opportunity to refresh and restore.
So what can these so called “vital” vacations do for you?
– Vacations allow us to take a break and help keep burnouts away.
– Productivity is decreased when workers are overworked, under-rested, and stretched to the limit.
– Stress levels are lowered when we take time to refresh and rejuvenate.
– Time to ourselves can promote creativity, giving you an opportunity to freshen up your outlook and come back to work with a new set of eyes to tackle problems that may have been plaguing you.
It may be a difficult task and a terrifying scenario for some… but ladies and gentleman, turn off your business Blackberries, set your email office assistant to “On,” and unplug your brain from business. Keep reminding yourself that the office will not implode or self destruct while you take a little hiatus. Trust in the staff that you have selected and trained to take care of this when you are gone.
For some suggestions of a few places to put your troubles on the back-burner, see U.S. News list of Best Relaxing Getaways in the United States. If an extravagant vacation is not in your future, do something fun close to home. Go camping with friends, book a stay-cation in town, or schedule a spa day or a round of golf with friends.
Where would you want to go on vacation or who out there is taking an interesting trip this year? I would love to hear about them!