I Suck at Taking Time Off (and 5 Ways I Fixed It)
I know people who can take time off easily… they don’t stress, they’re never tempted to check email, they can easily shut down social media for a week, and they find a beach to unwind. They can easily take the, often shared, advise about powering down, not checking email, getting offline, and just relaxing.
That person is NOT me.
While I understand that I don’t have to be on 24/7/365 to be relied on to follow through, keep my word, and meet deadlines; my commitment to getting the job done makes that difficult. However, if I don’t recharge, that sense of responsibility can devolve into over-functioning – a state where you prioritize their work and everyone else’s ahead of your own needs.
As I have grown professionally, I’ve developed these 5 time-off rules that, if observed, make taking time off and, truly, taking a break easier. Following these tips helps me relax and enjoy my time.
Taking time to be away from work will make you better at your job. You’ll come back more creative, more productive, and you’ll help stave off some of the health concerns that come with working yourself too hard. Your company will thank you!