Do You Need a Vacation?
By Jeff Earlywine
I must admit, I am terrible at taking time off. I love what I do and love to work. I know I am not alone - you may be just like me. But, our minds and bodies need to take a break. My sister and brother in-law take a month-long vacation each year. They travel to a new spot somewhere in the world and really learn the culture and experience some great things. When they come back they are refreshed and ready to go back to work and get back into their regular routine.
What if you don’t have the time or resources to do a vacation like this? Maybe even a long weekend is a real stretch for you. So how do you get away without getting away? Woody Allen is known for many things, and one is his love for New York Knicks basketball. Someone once asked him what being a big fan of the Knicks meant to him. His response was, “It is a meaningless distraction.”
I would like to change just one word of that – meaningless to meaningful. A meaningful distraction is one that brings you enjoyment and leaves you with more energy. The rest of this short article will allow you to see inside my head and the meaningful distractions I am putting in place right now.
Because I have already admitted that I stink at taking time off I have identified five “distractions” that I will begin right now taking intentional time for and putting on my calendar. These five are personal for me and I challenge you to pick a few for yourself. My meaningful distractions are:
I encourage you to follow my lead. Find some meaningful distractions for yourself, put them on your calendar and enjoy your life.
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