The importance of time off.
The past 7 months have been very busy for me. I have worked over 120 days as an associate, I have spent a few days teaching (and a lot of time preparing for it). I have created my website and really pushed hard with that, reading or listening to about 25 books and doing reviews of each as well as also posting approximately 25 of my own ideas.
Things are progressing well and all this hard work has definitely helped my career etc. However it is also important to make sure we don't burn ourselves out. In this day and age of constant interaction and availability it is so easy to forget to take the time needed to really look after yourself. I am the first to admit that I rarely have a single day that doesn't involve work either physically or mentally. I have had a couple of long weekends this year but have still been working mentally. For instance my golden time idea was written up in airport lounges. You can only do this for so long before it takes its toll.
This weekend I will be going to the valley fest music and organic food festival. The week after next I have a whole week off (the first time that has happened since Christmas). I will be meeting up with extended family at centre parcs for my mum's birthday. I am making a public statement that for both of these periods of time I will not be working. If I am reading anything it will be fiction. If I am listening to anything it will be classical music (unless I am in the car with my daughter in which case it will probably be the Moana soundtrack on repeat! 😂). My Facebook notifications will be going off.
Remember to take time for yourself. It is important.
Dr Chris Harper