The next time you find yourself tempted to say “yes” when you really want and need to say “no,” say “I don’t think so.”
Vacation. We all dream of a beautiful paradise where work is the furthest thought in our minds. Maybe it’s a quiet beach, the bright lights of Las Vegas, or an adrenaline pumping round of extreme sports activities.
Does a vacation sound good to you? Or are you thinking of a dozen reasons why now is not a good time for departing from your daily activities for a few days? Everyone needs time away from the daily grind (if it’s a grind, you need to step away for a while). Vacation provides us with a way to extract ourselves from the repetitive cycle and allows us to recharge, reflect, and reconnect.
Recharge yourself! Stepping out of the day-to-day and stepping into a new environment can generate excitement and energy. This is refreshing and allows for one to recognize and embrace new opportunities and change.
Reflect upon the possibilities. This applies not only to work, but to the entire world around you. Clearing out the noise that daily activities generate allows one to spend time enjoying the moment. Being in the moment provides a rich experience from which creative processes are enhanced. You can’t spark great ideas if your inner monologue is focused on ticking through a to-do list for the day!
Reconnecting with others and with the world around us gives us a firm sense of self and our importance in our contributions. Escape tunnel vision and move toward seeing the big picture.
Make time to be on vacation. Even if it’s just two or three days, disconnect from the day-to-day and find an interesting activity for a change of pace. Recharge, reflect, and reconnect!
It’s been an unexpectedly busy month here for me. Later this week, I’ll have a few updates to share.
I’m sure you’ve heard this old gem, “What would you like to be doing in five years? In ten?” I’ve always hated that question for many reasons. Why do I have to decide right now what I’m going to be doing at some predetermined time in the future? What if I decide to change my answer later?
Goal setting isn’t a task to be taken lightly, but is a task that should make you feel better about where you are headed. It isn’t a map written in stone, but rather a guideline to help you find your way to a place where you want to be. Let’s start with a quick activity:
List ten things that you would like to list as accomplishments if anything were possible and your resources are not limited. Give yourself only five minutes to complete your list. I’ll wait here for you until you are done.
Did you write down those accomplishments? Go back and write them down on a nice piece of paper. One that you can keep with you for a while. Don’t write it on a sticky note that you will launder after you leave it in your pants pocket.
Let’s take a nice look at that list. What really speaks to you on that list? I want you to look at that list as you start your day and reflect upon it throughout the day. We will talk more about that list next.
Technology has blurred the lines between work and personal time. People can work in virtual offices at times that are outside the typical 9 to 5 day. Cell phones and wi-fi are ubiquitous. We are in constant contact with others. Sounds great, right? Yes and no. This type of connectedness allows a great amount of flexibility and productivity but also doesn’t provide a great bit of distinction of work time and personal time. Work is spilling over into time that was typically reserved for family time or even sleeping hours. Days become a churn of work that continues with no beginning and no end. This isn’t limited to work situations – friends and family begin to call, text and e-mail at all hours and expect an immediate response. All communication has become urgent and the filter for processing and responding is overwhelmed.
How’s your urgency filter?