Take it Off

3 Dec
Two years ago I would not admit to taking a day or weekend away from the office.  I was super connected, always available and ready to pounce at any moment.  I thought the churn and burn was expected and respected.  
 
Today I have a different perspective.  People need time off!  We need uninterrupted time with ourselves and our families where we can FOCUS and enjoy the moment.  
 
Right now I am 15 minutes away from  7 days off the gird, unavailable and focused on what I need to recharge.  solid days off.  The team at  Lola Red PR will be working hard and will be more than pleased with my silence and distance.  It will be good for all of us.  In addition, I expect to return to my normal life more patience, pleasant and tan.  
 
If you don’t want to take my advice check out this article I found on About.com and their notes on what we get from a vacation:
 
  • Vacations Promote Creativity: A good vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best. 
  • Vacations Stave Off Burnout: Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts. 
  • Vacations Can Keep Us Healthy: Taking regular time off to ‘recharge your batteries’, thereby keeping stress levels lower, can keep you healthier
  • Vacations Promote Overall Wellbeing: One study found that three days after vacation, subjects’ physical complaints, their quality of sleep and mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacations 
  • Vacations Can Strengthen Bonds: Spending time enjoying life with loved ones can keep relationships strong, helping you enjoy the good times more and helping you through the stress of the hard times. In fact, a study by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages. 
  • Vacations Can Help With Your Job Performance: As the authors of the above study suggest, the psychological benefits that come with more frequent vacations lead to increased quality of life, and that can lead to increased quality of work on the job
  • Vacations Relieve Stress in Lasting Ways: It should come as no surprise that vacations that include plenty of free time bring stress relief, but research shows that a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later! That means that vacations are the gift to yourself that keep on giving.

 

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  1. Leadership Thought #283 – The Importance of Time Off « Ed Robinson's Blog - January 16, 2012

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