Time off from work
Every few months I need to take time off from work, time off to completely unwind, chill out and relax. When I am off, I want to be off completely, no emails, no phone but that rarely happens. More often than not, if I am in the country then I end up taking phone calls and even log in to the work email to reply to ‘urgent’ issues. There was a time when taking time off from work to go on vacation was almost a novelty, now though it is a necessity. What I have discovered in nearly a decade and a half of being a workaholic is that without regular breaks, I run the risk of becoming just another stoke in the wheel. I perform on auto-pilot and there’s no creative juice, no out of the box thinking, no leaping into the unknown.
Rested I am running on high juice. My work gets done faster, I am happier and therefore more efficient. Vacations also boost my immune system, so I get burnt out and catch seasonal flu’s far less often. When vacations are impossible, evening out with friends with great stimulating conversations serve as stop-gap measure to keep burn out at bay. Music and movies serve the same purpose while writing provides a creative outlet. My writing in fact is therapeutic and for those who want to take it up, I would recommend that you refrain from hashing out personal conflicts online. No matter how smartly you write it up, it will be available for review by your current or potential employers and could negatively impact your career.
Now that I have had a dose of therapy …. it is time for me to get back to work 🙂