Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Work or Rest, But Don't Do Both

A vacation is a dedicated segment of time to regain strength and renew perspective. There is a raw honesty to vacations in that you are not expected to work or even to pretend to work.

After all, you are "on" vacation.

The blur between professional and private life, however, increases the risk that your rest and escape hours may be tucked into your normal workday. That practice does justice neither to work nor leisure because focus is diluted. A multitude of distractions rob work and leisure of their desired strength.

A few suggestions:

  • It is far better to take a decent nap than to fall sleep at your desk or to complete work while in a state that is quasi-conscious.
  • Beware of taking a day or two here and there as a substitute for vacation. It isn't. Give yourself a meaningful amount of time to recharge and revive.
  • Shun any guilt feelings. The work will be waiting for you when you return.
  • Treat distractions as a robber of time because that's what they are. When you are supposed to be doing meaningful things, do so. Don't stir in distractions and think you're improving the product. A good carpenter does not watch television while making a table.
  • Respect your time. It's one of the most valuable commodities you possess and someday, believe me, it will become very scarce. 

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