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July 19, 2010

Inspired to Succeed: The high cost of NOT taking vacation

What kind of break do you have planned for yourself this year? I’ve heard from so many people (and I have been one of them) who say they can’t afford the money or the time to take vacation right now.   But can you afford NOT to give yourself a good rest?

The costs of not taking vacation are high, whether you are leading an organization or in transition and looking for your next leadership role, .Take a moment to check in and observe how the last couple of stressful years have affected:

  • your body?
  • your health?
  • your perspective?
  • your creativity?
  • your attitude?
  • your resilience?
  • your sense of humor?

Have you reached the point that fatigue is so much your normal state you don’t even feel it anymore? When we are producing, producing, producing, after a while we become like mass-produced tomatoes. It may look the same on the surface, but our work becomes depleted of its value, richness and flavor. And we can only produce like this for so long. Without time to replenish, both quantity and quality of what we produce will decline.  

And, by the way, a family trip is NOT the same thing as a vacation 😉 Trust me on this.

What makes for a true vacation? I also hear from a lot of people who go on “vacation,” and come back needing a vacation. (Been there, done that, too!)

So how do you create a vacation that will replenish you and make your mind and work more fertile upon your return?

Here’s my checklist:

  • Change of scenery
  • Change of pace
  • Change of activity
  • NO work
  • Play
  • Discovery

And here are 6 questions that will help you plan a huge return no matter how big or small your investment:

  • What do you need a break from?
  • What do you need more of?
  • What part of you is most depleted right now?
  • What replenishes you?
  • What does play mean for you?
  • What is fun for you?

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, we’re halfway through the summer. What are you waiting for?


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