warmer, kids (and some of you) are out of school, and you may be wondering if you can squeeze in a long overdue vacation. Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “I can’t see my way clear to take time off right now. There’s just too much work to do, and I never feel like I’m caught up.” Sound familiar?
News Flash: When you reach your golden years you probably won’t complain that you didn’t get enough work done. I used to visit nursing homes with my kids when they were little, and let me tell you, those residents mostly lamented about the good times, and many wished they’d taken more vacations. So my challenge to you before the end of June, is this: Book some time off (don’t worry about how you’ll spend it just now), and clear your schedule. Everything else you do will get worked around this valuable time off. Besides, when you read the rest of this newsletter you’ll find out about some added perks when you return from a good rest!
I’ve noticed that with each vacation, whether it’s one day or 2 weeks, a new idea, insight, or solution to a problem tends to appear a few days after I return. It’s happened so often, that myself and my clients have learned to trust these positive results to occur. This is one of the reasons I clear my schedule on a regular basis, so the natural flow of ‘new perspectives’ can happen.
Here are some tips for your successful vacation:
- Choose to trust the time off (no matter how small) will give your brain the rest it needs in order to reboot, and regenerate.
- Truly unplug. What’s the point of taking a vacation if you are still locked into social media and email? Most things are not so urgent that they can’t wait until you return. Let your boss and co-workers know that you are going on a ‘digital diet’. Lead the way here!
- Plan ahead and let people know you’ll be away. I send a preliminary announcement a couple weeks ahead, and then another one a few days prior to leaving. You can always leave an emergency contact number with your assistant, friend, or family member. Be sure to set your email vacation responder too. Place as much priority on this as you do planning your trip.
- Remove expectations. Having specific outcomes you want to have when you return will not help you relax on your vacation. There’s really no way to predict or guarantee a result you want.
- Go with an inquiry to ponder, instead of expectations. Notice I didn’t say ‘think about’ or ‘find a solution’. Those are all expectations. Instead try open ended inquiries like: What might help me be more organized?, or What (or whom) will I say ‘no’ to in order to better enjoy my life? Then let it go and trust the process.
- Finally, go on vacation and have tons of fun! When people reach the end of their life, they don’t usually say, “Man, I wish I had worked more and taken fewer vacations!” I’m pretty sure you won’t either.
Remember, your vacation doesn’t have to be long, and you don’t have to go anywhere. Staycations are a wonderful way to give you the rest you need, with little or no preparation required. My ideal staycation is spending time in my home doing projects I never seem to have time for, and going to my favorite spa, www.theivydayspa.com. Spending just a day there has me feeling as though I’ve taken a whole week off!
Thanks to Shirley Oya, CPCC, BCC for being our guest blogger. Ms. Oya guides female executives in mastering work/life harmony so they can enjoy a thriving career AND spend lots of quality time with their kids. She also coaches dynamic 30-somethings at a crossroads with their career choice using her original CareerForMe(™) coaching process. Check it out at shirleyoya.com
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