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Your Personal Retreat
Everyone needs from time to time an opportunity to rest, relax, recover, and re-focus. I think you should take at least one day off per week for a miniature version of this and perhaps once a quarter, get away for a few days for renewal. Sometimes we need a purposeless vacation. There is a time and a place for this and we all need it. We all really do. It’s good from time to time to have fun for fun’s sake. But that’s a topic for a different show. Sometimes we need a purposeful stop in activities to think about what we are doing, why, how, and get some different perspective on it. Call it a retreat if you will. Can you stay home from the office for a day or two and accomplish this? It’s possible, but there are a few reasons why this is not ideal:
- There are distractions at home. Your toys are all there! TV, Hobbies, etc.
- There are expectations at home. Chores, meal prep, normal life.
- There are patterns of behavior at home. Breaking a pattern is an intentional act and isn’t easily accomplished. If you are in a good pattern with productive habits, you wouldn’t want to break them anyway.
- Everything looks the same at home. You are still “in” the fishbowl.
I think you should get away from home at least 50 miles for a couple of days once a quarter with no plans to do touristy stuff. Here in Atlanta we are blessed to have the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just an hour or two away. It’s easy to rent a secluded cabin for a weekend. It’s also just four to five hours drive from the beach, but I find the beach comes with a few more challenges. It’s easier for me o sit and think in a cabin in the middle of nowhere than at a beach with thousands of my newest friends hanging around. It will surprise you but if you will just get 50 or 100 miles away and then mentally turn and look back at your life and situation “back home” you’ll begin to gain a little perspective. Want more perspective? Spend some time while you are away thinking about the vastness of space or the infinite smallness of sub-atomic particles, or what life will be like 100 years from now and how will you be remembered? (Here’s a hint: it’s pretty unlikely that you will be remembered 100 years from now outside of your immediate descendants. Most of what we do with our day to day tasks don’t really matter that far out, unless we are operating from a 100 year business plan.) However you accomplish it, try to think about bigger pictures, bigger ideas, different viewpoints. Do this the entire first day you are away without giving conscious thought to your business or life at home. On day two, you will no doubt wake up with a different perspective.
Occasionally those breaks can serve both purposes, but this should not be done without thought, planning, and communication with others who may be with you during the break time. Don’t go on vacation planning to read business books, re-focus your goals, or re-organize your company without speaking with your spouse about this. Your partner may believe you are getting away just for fun and relaxation.
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