Self-care, that is. August is traditionally one of our peak holiday
periods and often one in which many businesses find themselves
with less work than normal, as a consequence of this flight to
the sun. But it appears from a report in the Times this week than
up to 50% of professionals and owner/managers only take two weeks
or less holiday a year.
Sun, Sand & S…. – Are
you getting enough?
Not only are many of us not taking our holidays, but many are
taking their work with them on holiday. In the age of mobile phones,
laptops and e-mails, the temptation (or perceived need) to take
work on holiday seems to be ever growing, as was the case with
a prospective client recently.
A few people are perhaps so passionate and excited by their work
that they don’t need holidays (but even this is unlikely
to be sustainable over an extended period of time), for most of
us, however, there is a real requirement to recharge the batteries
and refresh ourselves. So why don’t we take our holidays,
or possibly have the “worst” of both worlds by taking
work on holiday? Perhaps some of us have raised our own importance
(usually in our head), feeling that things will fall apart if we’re
not around. For others they simply “can’t” afford
the time, while for sole traders perhaps the double whammy of spending
money and not earning while on holiday may just be too unnerving.
Whatever the reason, give yourself and your family the break you
deserve. You’ll be less stressed, more creative and productive
and nicer to be around on your return. It will be worth it!
If you haven’t had a holiday in six months, schedule some
time to get away in your diary – this week. If you still
feel unable to take that holiday, please talk to me about creating
some strategies to break the chains from your office.
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