Above: Picture from a trip to Big Sur, CA for much needed relaxation
Hello SOTGC community,
This post is about the importance of taking time away from work and away from our hectic lives, to reconnect and regain our energy.
Two days ago marked the close of Medtronic’s fiscal year. For the past two weeks the reps in my division have been going non stop bringing in the final orders for the year…and some of them are probably heavily medicated at this point (just joking! Yes…that’s my inappropriate humor interjecting…it happens).
I guess what a lot of people do around the New Year, is what I typically do at the close of the fiscal sales year. I look at the past year and what I did and what I want to repeat, and what I want to change. I look at the coming year and figure out what activities need to be done to get to the quota in place this coming fiscal year. Then I take a few days and I DO NOT WORK.
OK…so this is a lie…if an emergent email or call comes through from an account and I’m near my phone, I will pick it up. But I try as hard as I can to shut it down, and just recharge.
Every person (male or female) will tell you that when you’re in a demanding career it’s very easy to get sucked into working 7 days a week, taking few vacations, and little time to center yourself. And they will also tell you that this lifestyle will either make you physically or emotionally sick if you don’t force yourself to take breaks occasionally.
So this week, I’m excited to say, that I’m headed up to Seattle for a few days, turning my phone off (at least for a few hours at a time) and just relaxing with my cousins and recharging my batteries. Part of me would love to take 4 days off work from my sales job and work 10 hours a day on SOTGC (and to be honest, I’ll be doing some writing) but I know I won’t get the desired effect if I don’t truly unplug.
So how about you? How do you re-energize after you complete a big project, close a fiscal year, or hit a milestone with your business? Or do you just keep your head down and continue working? There are studies that show taking a vacation to recharge actually makes for more productive workers…so since there is data to back you…why not take a long weekend and get that much needed re-boost so you can enter back into it with a clear head?