I recall the time when the reason worked long hours was because I had to. Cut forward ten years and now I happily don't have to work every waking hour, but I want to! Now I have to force myself to step away from my laptop as I have too many ideas I want to put into practice.
I need to give my body and brain a break!
So here are four reasons why I make sure I take a break from those fun but tiring, seven day weeks:
- Ideas. I know I say I have too many ideas but sometimes, going away just means clearing my head of old ideas to make way for new ones. Every two months, I take myself away somewhere. That will be a trip abroad, a short UK break or occasionally, just a day out to another city. I still work but it's more about plotting and planning rather than regular activities.
- Refresh. For this, I need an actual holiday and I do this at least 2-3 times year. For my birthday, my tradition is to wake up in a new city and I never work on my day! I may do bits around the big day but the out-off-office is definitely on for this one. It's when I take a proper holiday, even for 4 or 5 days, that I return most inspired and looking forward to getting home.
- Family time. Christmas, in fact the whole of December is for family and friends. Traditionally this is because like August, December is a quiet month for business. Although in today's 24/7 culture that's no longer strictly true, I try and have less commitments during this wonderful month so I can catch up with as many people as I can. Then I go away for Christmas abroad plus a whole week away and I'm ready for a fabulous new year!
- Productivity. Yes sometimes I just need to get away from my regular home and coffee shop work environment and have a different view out of the window. It's kind of a break but I get lots done without any meetings, consultancy or training sessions and I do this every bank holiday. So despite having just come back from a holiday in Prague last summer, I headed out to Edinburgh for the August bank holiday with a list of things I want to do, albeit with a different view!
What are your tips for making sure you stay fresh and energised? Please share them below or contact me on @RickieWrites