The Importance of Downtime
Early in my career, I thought taking downtime was a sign of weakness. I thought it was cool to be online all the time. Work was my top priority and I prided myself on not taking vacations. It wasn’t until I reached a nearly un-recoverable level of burnout that I realized the importance of balance. Downtime not only helps me feel better now, but it makes me better at my job. From having a clear perspective and bringing more energy to each encounter, it’s been helpful overall to take a step back.
Granted, I do believe there is a time to really focus and push at work. Had I not pushed so hard in my 20s, I might not be in the position I appreciate so fully today. I urge you to strike a bit of balance in the process of rising to the next level. To start, don’t pass on a vacation opportunity – try to time your vacations with your boss’ so you know you won’t have as many things being pushed your way!
Now, especially during this slower time of year, I’m taking the time to really unplug and relax. I’m spending lots of time cozy at home cooking and hanging with my pups or visiting with family and friends – hopefully without checking the email on my phone! ; )
How do you spend your downtime? How do you recharge? I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year!