I’m going on vacation next week – YIPPEE! It’s not anywhere fancy, just the beach (though the North Carolina coast is pretty incredible), but this will be the first time I have taken off more than two continuous business days in a year. And I am pretty darn excited. Each year, a group of friends and I celebrate the end of summer with a weeklong beach vacation where all professional (and some personal) responsibilities are checked at the door. No work emails, no work calls, no work period.
And I am already stressed about it…
What if my clients need something?
What if I can’t finish this project before the trip?
What if my dog doesn’t like his new sitter?
What if…? What if…? What if?
Really, what all these questions tell me is that I NEED this vacation.
A little over a year ago I wrote a blog post titled The Case for Taking a Break. In it, I argued for self-care in the form of time off. Yet here I am with building anxiety about taking my own advice. So, I have to keep reminding myself of all the reasons going away will not only be better for me, but also for my clients (and probably even my dog, Banjo):
Have you taken a real vacation this year? It doesn’t have to include travel, but it certainly should not include work. If not, think about giving yourself a break soon. You, your clients, your team, your family, and maybe even your dog will be better for it.
[Need more proof? Read Why Taking Vacation Time Could Save Your Life.]