That One File is Calling Your Name
I read an article one time that said there are times we need to get away for some rest and relaxation and that we shouldn’t take along anything involving work.
The article said that even if we put one file in the trunk of the car, it will call out your name and make you feel guilty about tending to it.
When I talk to my executive coaching clients most agree that when you go on a vacation you spend the first day or two still thinking about work. You review what you might have left behind or who will be handling things for you…and there you go— you’re not “present” for the people you are enjoying a vacation with.
By the third or fourth day you start to unwind and hopefully enjoy your time off. If you “do vacations” right, you even start to picture yourself in the location you are visiting and think about what it would be like if you lived there forever.
I am certainly not saying that you don’t sometimes take work along. After all. You are probably a peak performer and accomplishing a lot in life. You are to be commended for that.
But don’t forget that it is when you relax and take time away from your work that you may get very creative in your work—thinking or new ways of doing things, which will benefit the organization and you as you reach to the level you want to be.