The BIG question….. When do I deserve a break? I still have so much to do…. but I’m exhausted…. But I haven’t met my deadlines….. but im not really getting any work done…. But I don’t want to use my sick days or vacation days…. But I don’t know if I’ll EVER use my sick days or vacation days.
We all need a break. Think of your dream job… I bet whoever has that job needs a break too. So when is enough? That’s the BIG question that only you can answer, but you must must MUST be honest with yourself. Here are a few tips to get you moving in the right direction.
Make a list of things that are most important to you….
How would you score your most important things on a scale of 1-10 TODAY? Is your career a 10 but your health a 4? There’s no right or wrong answer, just write the number that comes to mind. Don’t over think it, it is time to be honest. If any of your scores are lower than you’d prefer do ONE thing that day to focus on that area in your life; call your mom, go for a run, then score them again the next day. It might be as simple as taking a moment everyday for a week to focus on this list. Just being aware of your ability to change these scores day by day will make a positive impact!
Plan for time off
Give yourself something to look forward to whether it’s a trip to Europe or a movie night. I never thought I’d say these words, but… I try to be like I was in middle school. I spent the whole year dragging myself out of bed, counting down the days until summer break. Then, on the last day, I cried knowing how much I’d miss seeing my friends, the long tables at lunchtime, singing on the school bus. Plan your summer or winter break, but before you go try to find the little things you love to hate about the classroom (life).
Just say yes to “self-help”
There are a ton of books, workbooks, audio books, and practices that stop you from “doing” and guide you into “being”. I’ve learned so much from my friend Terces Engelhart about my habits, even the small ones that I think don’t make a difference. For example, “I have to go to work” vs “I GET to go to work”. I suggest adding her workbook “Plenty of Time” to your holiday wishlist. Stop the cycle of “there’s not enough time”!!!!!
Here are a few more tips by the great Tommy Rosen on the importance of “Time out of Time” posted by our friends at The Daily Love.
Let’s all take a deep breath. Ahhhhh.
Kayla and I have taken some unexpected time off. Our big event got postponed which doubled our workload and left us feeling exhausted and a little down. Then Kayla moved, but just incase moving isn’t enough of a pain she had to move out of her old house a week before she could move in to her new house. She got an unwanted vacation to the dessert with her boyfriend, their dog, and everything they own. I moved as well, sort of. My house turns into a camp ( Zeno Mountain Farm) and 30 people live there for 2 weeks so I get to move all my stuff out and back in. It’s the most incredible couple of weeks, but it’s a bubble. Real life doesn’t really exist those two weeks. Before I could finish unpacking it was time for Thanksgiving so I drove down to San Diego for a few days then up to San Francisco where I am now. It wasn’t exactly a relaxing break, but it reminded me how much I love this little space in the cyber world we use to share stories about life’s adventures. It got me excited to hearing more about the people that end up at this .org, where they’ve been and where they want to go. The new event plans, the LLYOV camps, the never-ending possibilities we have to get the world living like they’re on vacation….. What kind of break do you need to take to get re-inspired? Repeat after me “I deserve it”