We work hard. If we’re lucky, we work hard at something we are passionate about. However, despite our drive and grit, we all need time away to relax. Just like our bodies need a break so do our minds. Taking a vacation and unplugging provides an opportunity to refresh our perspectives and increase creativity. There are four ways to make the most of a vacation and use the time away from digital distractions to reflect on personal and professional goals.
- Re-evaluate: In the middle of our busy schedules, we are often faced with deadlines and demands to make decisions. We make the best choices we can with the information provided. We are pulled in a million different directions. Our passion can get lost in the minutia of our daily activities. We need time away to clear our head and re-prioritize those strategies that support our passion to best represent our “why”.
- Re-balance: It is easy to get caught up in work that drives our passion. We see progress being made and the impact that our “why” has on the world. Sometimes this passion pushes us to work harder to the dangerous exclusion of friends and family. We begin to miss out on life. We need time away to reconnect with our loved ones and remember their support allows us to achieve our “why”.
- Re-focus: In today’s technologically-driven world, we boast about being expert multi-taskers. We can handle seven different urgent items, respond to fifteen emails, and one crisis all before that first cup coffee or your hot morning beverage of choice. Life, both professionally and personally, creeps up and takes over. Critical issues surface that need our attention and pulls our energy away from our passion. We need time away to reassess our professional and personal goals to assure they still align with our “why”.
- Re-ignite: In the midst of obligations and responsibilities, our passion’s flame can become suffocated. We can lose our way. We allow routine to take over and mistake busyness for progress. It is possible to work hard at something we are not passionate about which is why it’s important to step away from everyday tasks to fan the flame. We need time away to remove the unnecessary and remember our “why”.
So whether your vacation plans take you camping at Yellowstone National Park, sipping wine along the Amalfi Coast, or enjoying all your hometown has to offer, remember to unplug and recharge.
“The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.”
~ Simon Sinek
How do you recharge? Share what works for you.