Refresh yourself…

Yesterday, my blog was titled Daily push and I spoke about the importance of pushing everyday because it really does matter.  Today I will talk about the importance of taking time for yourself to refresh yourself and clear your mind.  You may ask, how can you talk about pushing everyday and also talk about taking time off?  My response is- it is not always what you do, but sometimes how you do it.  When you are thinking about going on vacation or just taking a day for yourself randomly, you will want to make sure you are not falling behind on your responsibilities.  You will want to plan well in advance to make sure you are caught up and do not fall behind.  There are wrong and right ways of doing this.

First, you will want to make sure you know when you are planning on taking off.  You will want to know how many days you are taking and what your schedule looks like for those days.  You would most likely not want to take your vacation in the middle of your busy season at work.  You would also not want to take your vacation on the fly without any planning ahead of time.

Secondly, you will want to make sure you are open in your communication.  At work you will want to make sure your team cross-functionally know when you are going out.  They will want to know who your backup is, so they can reach out to them if anything comes up while you are out.

Lastly, when you are out you will want to take your mind off your day-to-day responsibilities.  This is the purpose of taking time off and you should receive full benefit from it.  I’d recommend leaving all work-associated topics, cell phones, lap tops, materials away from you during your vacation.  This will help you keep your mind off work.

These are just a few thoughts I had on being refreshed and not too stressed from work.  Although, just yesterday I talked about pushing everyday, it becomes difficult to do this when you are tired.  We all need vacations to rebuild energy to drive ourselves forward.  This will help us really push efficiently and effectively when you are pushing.

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