Getting time off to recharge the batteries is crucial to a person's effectiveness. I will admit - in the past I was the guy who always prided himself on little to no vacation time, but as I have gotten older - I have wised up.
This week, I am back down at one of my favorite places to get away with the Family - Sea Isle City, NJ. We usually stay at a great place right on the beach along Whale Beach. Beach on one side and bay on the other.
Learn use downtime the best way you can. Here are my tips:
- Hide your cell phone ( Check it only if necessary)
- Hide your watch
- Bring a journal or pad of paper to catch thoughts or ideas (you will find that some of your best ideas will come when you mind is at ease).
- Re-engage with your family or people on your trip (Walks, Talks and more)
- Bring one book - the one you really want to read (you will enjoy the sense of accomplishment)
- If you take your computer - Spend time losing yourself in the sites you wish you could spend time on during your regular weeks or read the blogs you enjoy the most.
This is not a complete list, but one that has worked for me. What things do you suggest?
As well - if you don't think getting downtime is important -read Jim Loehr's book on the Power of Full Engagement. He also has a great web-site with terrific articles and perspectives on personal renewal. His book was life changing for me.
Live your best life - always.