Do you live a busy and full life, and find it difficult to unplug and take time off?
If this is the case, you might just want to consider some ways to recharge.
My husband Darren and I juggle very busy lives personally and professionally, and we recognize that it is essential to find balance in our lives. One of the things we have learned over the years, that has been crucial to our success, is that we must take the time to reboot our battery on a regular basis. Whether we take the time to wander for a few hours without a schedule, take a day or weekend to escape, or schedule a needed vacation, these times are absolutely crucial to our well-being.
A change of pace or scenery always seems to bring a fresh perspective.
Knowing this, why is it when you endeavour to take a needed break, and attempt to turn the switch off and set up the perfect situation to make this possible, that this is such a major challenge? Why is it so difficult?
An article I read by John Tesh spoke to this so well. Spending quality time, changing gears and simply getting away from it all, as necessary as it is, it can be so difficult. The article was written with vacation time in mind, and I do believe it applies to every day life. Turning it off— as you know, is not that easy.
Here is —
Almost 60 percent of North Americans who get vacation time don’t use all of it, because they worry about the work that’ll pile up while they’re away. And another 10 percent are afraid they’ll be fired if they take time off.
But even those who take their vacation don’t disconnect from the office. A Harvard Business School study found that 98-percent of vacationers check in with work while they’re away! And almost everyone in the study said they thought their colleagues would look down on them if they didn’t.
But Joanne Cantor, who wrote Conquer CyberOverload, believes there’s more to it than that. She says that emails, text messages, and other electronic communications from work are addictive. Which means, unplugging can cause so much anxiety that we literally can’t relax and enjoy a day at the beach.
If that describes you, listen carefully: vacations make you a better employee.
Studies show that our brains can’t focus 24/7. And getting away allows us to recharge. In fact, a change of scenery often helps people find solutions to problems that had stumped them up until then.
Personal application in your life—
Maybe unplugging is not a habit in your life and you find it difficult to unplug. As a result, that needed break doesn’t happen and you don’t ever feel completely recharged.
Consider establishing new patterns and doing something different. “If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got.” Is it possible that recharging might help you see life in a whole new way?
Here’s a few steps how:
- Prioritize what is most important – “The key is not to prioritize what’s on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” (Stephen Covey). Put yourself on the top of your priority list.
- Don’t multitask – Research conducted at Stanford University confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. When you are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information, you cannot pay attention, recall information or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time. Our brains are wired to only focus on one thing at a time.
- Learn to say NO more often – Honour what your existing commitments are by saying no to new commitments. This will help you be more productive, experience less stress, avoid burnout and depression.
- Make a commitment to unplug and turn things off – Be aware that this might not be that easy. For starters, begin with 15 minutes of no noise time. Choose to be in the present moment and silence the distractions. Give yourself permission to recharge.
Say yes to taking the time to recharge and unplug knowing it is essential to your well-being!
As you do and as you make this a regular practice, you will notice how much more effective and productive you are!