Your time spent outside the office is just as important as your time spent in the office working. It is essential to take care of yourself, rest, and refuel on a regular basis. Taking time away from your work can be an amazing opportunity to unwind, refocus, and even come up with solutions to problems that have been troubling you at work.
Last week, I was feeling absolutely spent. By Tuesday morning, I thought/hoped it was already Friday. By brain felt fuzzy and I couldn’t focus on a single thing. My emails were piling up but I felt completely unmotivated. I needed a break.
One thing I do to help avoid burnout is to take time away! You don’t have to go far, heck you could even hang out on your couch, but take time away to do something you love and NOT think about work for at least 24 hours.
I took this past weekend to travel to Southern Illinois. While there, Chad and I hit the wine trail, went to a beach, explored some small towns, cooked delicious food, and simply enjoyed our relaxing time away! I didn’t open my email once! I never touched my computer, and I avoided most conversations about work. I took a complete break. Even after we got home yesterday, I made a conscious effort to NOT think about work. I took the rest of the break time that I had to refuel so I could take off and SOAR over these next few months.
Let me tell you, I feel SO SO SO much better today. I feel more motivated and mentally organized in weeks. After a few days off, I’m ready to tackle some of my challenges and projects that have been waiting!
(On the road with Chad & Rachel)
How do you spend your time away? Do you take regular breaks?