My family asked me to take some time off in January.
‘Asked’ is not strong enough a word. Insisted is better. Demanded maybe even closer to the truth. AT least, that’s the way I saw it.
I run a business, after all, with multiple locations and both in-person and corporate clients. I am a busy guy. Loads to to all the time. And taking a week off means I am not only missing a week of work, but spending at least a few days trying to get back into the swing of things.
Which means I spend half my time spinning my wheels and the other half playing at catch up.
And feeling like I’m failing, miserably.
It’s tough to switch from family mode to work mode sometimes--- even tougher if you spend an extended period of time in one frame of mind, completely absent the other.
But, you HAVE to. I could list so many reason *why* you have to--- your family sometimes needs that level of attention, your spouse may need that additional support, you have to take time to recharge--- and so many more reasons I could use this whole page and still have some to list.
But you *have* to get away from it now and then. You have to recharge. You have to sit back and really evaluate where you are--- when you aren’t right in the middle of the whirlwind.
And don’t feel guilty about it. Even if you miss a couple of appointments or you waste a few days playing catch-up.
Sometimes you need to get out of a certain headspace to get clarity about it. To get your focus back. To keep up the hustle.
Take a break. Take a day to spend with your family. Go on a trip. Step away from your desk in the middle of the day and let everything just *wait.*
That stuff will all be there when you get back. But you won’t ever have a chance at this day, at this hour, at this minute, again.