This thought came to me through a question I was asked. As someone who’s self employed this comes up a lot, but it also absolutely applies to an employee. Now with summer months upon us, this stands out even more.

When the weekend comes, or even vacation time comes, do you turn off from working and when on vacation do you do what I call “vacate”.

Far too many find it necessary and are so immersed in their jobs or business that they just can’t seem to let go!  I hear from others like myself, who even when away on vacation find it necessary to check business emails, “get this one thing sent” or “just get back to this person” all in the name of importance. Really? What did we do without all the technology to constantly be reachable or connected to the job or business. When did family, friends or even our own health become that much less important than work?

No matter what you do, let me say this again, no matter what…..you need the time to rest and rejuvenate. You may think it’s not necessary but not taking that needed break only adds/leads to stress.

So many times I hear a significant other say “oh it’s ok she/he does this one thing, I understand its’ business or the job” note: they may say it’s ok but think of how that person may feel deep down, that they’re just not as important as the job is. Now reverse the situation, how would you feel.

Weekends and vacations are a must! Even though sometimes the weekends or vacation time is spent doing work around a home or perhaps even having to lend a helping hand, it’s still not the same as going to work or business. However, having said that, even doing things like that requires a rest period. 

Evenings, weekends and vacations are important to me, life is short and I want to savor every moment of it and those I’m with.  These times are for hubby and I and even if we’re working around our home and ranch, it’s still not the same as either of us working our job or business. Granted, I will concede that there have been times when we’re working around our home and something needs to get done that I’m the one pushing myself even further because it needs to get done. But really? How badly does it need finishing that taking a break/rest is going to make that big of a difference. It usually doesn’t and it’s just me being me!

So take the time, slow down, kick back and breathe, take the time to enjoy the little things, those you’re with, the beauty all around and life. Remember, back before all this technology and all the many ways of staying in contact with everyone was around, people took the time to rejuvenate and live life.

Oh and just a side note here,  for some who think they just cannot take the time then they are the ones who absolutely need a virtual assistant to take the tasks out of their hands! Jus sayin’