Unplug and Recharge
Okay, so I finally gave myself permission to do something I have never done before. I turned off my work email while on my vacation. I know a crazy idea, right? Why would I need to give myself permission to do something that seems so obviously blatant?
I have come across several people that do a wonderful job at creating the boundary between their work and personal life. For years, I was envious of these individuals! Finally, thru self-reflection, realized that I was the one responsible for creating my own ideas on other’s perceptions of what was expected of me.
So, for 12 whole days, I turned off my work email and you want to know what happened? The world continued on! My team knew that if there was a huge emergency, I could still be reached by telephone and I was more than willing to oblige. However, guess what, no phone call necessary.
What did I get out of this 12 day hiatus:
Quality time with my family and enjoyment of discovering and learning about another culture during my trip.
Time to reflect and really think about strategic objectives in my own work.
Allowing myself to recharge and reset my mind to remember why I love what I do every day!
So, if you haven’t tried this before, I encourage you to do so. If you need to take baby steps, take baby steps. If you are already someone who has mastered this, talk about it so others understand the benefits of the much-needed break from our constant hustle.
You are worth it, and when you take care of yourself, you will be so much more available to take care of those around you!