When was the last time you took a vacation? I know it can sometimes be hard for those of us who are entrepreneurs to let go. After all, will our business run without us? Can we trust being partially or totally unplugged? When can we possibly find the time to go on vacation with all we have to do?
Truthfully, we all need time to relax and recharge. If we don’t allow time for that, I believe in the end, we are not as effective at our businesses, and it is ultimately detrimental to our overall health and well-being.
For me, the best way to insure a vacation is to schedule it. Calendarize it, even pay for it ahead of time, so it becomes a non-negotiable.
While I believe that any getaway to recharge and refocus should be a priority, we have lots of other priorities in our lives that don’t always get on the calendar.
Have you thought about what you say are the priorities in your life? That can be watching your kids or grandkids play soccer, yet when the game comes up, you’ve got something else to do. It can be spending quality time with your spouse by having a healthy dinner together, yet you continue to work well past dinner time. It can be your own self-care, that swim class that renews you, yet you miss it continually. It can be something as simple as setting aside 10 minutes a day to meditate, only again you can’t find the 10 minutes.
Yes, we all have “things” that come up, but do we focus on our priorities? In order to get back on track, here are four steps:
- Make a list of your priorities. Consider them your non-negotiables.
- Go back and look at your calendar and see how you are actually spending your time.
- Look to see if there is a disconnect.
The first time did this exercise, I was surprised by what I said was important and how it wasn’t reflected in the time in my day. When I start to feel disconnected, I will go back and do this again.
Please share what you discovered in the process.
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