The Power of Vacations: Why Taking Time Off Makes You More Productive

By phildrolet

Jun 26

Reading time: 3 minutes

Today we’re talking about vacations! Yay!

But here’s the funny thing about this…

Have you ever noticed that most overachievers are willing to work their butt off to achieve success in their career…

…but have a really hard time giving themselves permission to take a few days for a vacation?

I hear it all the time:“Even when I’m traveling, I can’t stop working… ” or “I haven’t taken a real vacation in years!

Wait, what? You haven’t taken a vacation in YEARS? What are you waiting for?

Taking time off?

People seem to think that taking time off will destroy their career, or cause horrible things to happen in their business.

But is that really true? In my experience, not at all.

In fact, I believe taking a vacation can be the best thing to being happier AND more successful. 

Speaking of which, I just got back from a 5-day vacation with Julie and I’m feeling like a million bucks.

Over the last few days, I’ve had a chance to:

  • Discover a new part of the world (Oregon rocks!)
  • Spend quality time with my beloved and deepen our connection
  • Attend 2 separate weddings and have a blast
  • Meet new people and discuss new philosophies/ideas
  • Do deep inner work and make upgrades to my mindset

It was a wonderful way to spend 5 days…  Even though I didn’t focus on my career at all!

This morning, I woke up feeling PUMPED to get back to work.

(and nothing terrible happened while I was gone…)

I’m recharged. I’m inspired. I’m hungry.

And this morning, I produced some of the best strategic work of my career.

Coincidence? I think not…

After years of experimentation, I’ve found that the optimal work/vacation recipe for me is:

  • Take a long (1-2 weeks) vacation every 3 or 4 months
  • Take short (4-5 days) vacation halfway between the long vaycays
  • Avoid working on weekends
  • Work maximum 1 evening/week

As you can see, I take a fair amount of rest (white) time on an ongoing basis…

But when it’s time to work, watch out. I go HARD and I go FAST- full “black time”! 

If you have a hard time taking vacations, here’s my invitation to you:

Set Up An Experiment

Challenge yourself to enjoy a few days off, and notice what happens.

a) Does your life really fall apart? Do you turn into a lazy, unmotivated blob?

b) Or do you have fun recharging your batteries, get inspired by new experiences, and come back with renewed enthusiasm?

I’m extremely confident it’s going to be B – but hey, don’t take my word for it. Just give it a shot!

Remember, your career is more like a marathon than a sprint.

You’re going to be working for 40+ years so make sure you put in the hard work necessary to achieve your dreams…

… while taking enough rest to enjoy the ride and keep yourself inspired along the way!

Now I’d love to hear from you:

How do you balance working hard and recovering? And what vacation do you have planned for the coming months? 

Leave a comment and let me know!

Much love,

Life is short. Don’t settle.

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