Today is my first day back from an epic - but inexpensive - two week vacation.
I won't brag about everything that I did, but in a nutshell:
- Hamptons visit with several great friends of the family
- Trip to the US Open with my Uncle
- Three day music festival; camping, original bands, and a few beers
- Visit with one of my favorite Pastors in the Universe - God fearing yet down to earth
- Poconos with the best Sister a person could ever hope for
- Trip to Atlantic City with the Love of my Life
I orginally planned to only take off a week. I had all this structure around it: Every day at 6 am I would wake up and do about 3 hours of work, including checking my email, sending out requests for work to be done, and some mild client contacts. That all worked for a while - except for the waking up at 6 am thing, the 3 hours, and the work requests.
I did, however stay in touch with many of Rockland Web Design's valued clients. And I kept myself accessible throughout the first week. But on the way back from the US Open heading up to the music festival, something didn't sit right with me...and then I realized what the problem was.
I wasn't on vacation.
Vacation isn't where you go. Vacation isn't what you do. It's the time you give yourself to relax, rejuvenate, and reset. This may seem like Captain Obvious talking again, but consider this for a moment: If you were lucky enough to get some time off from work this summer, did you really take the time off? Did you step away from your work in every conceivable fashion, so that you could disconnect, and just be a kid again? (One that doesn't get carded at the bar, mind you)
The last straw was when one of our most important clients called, and when I answered the phone in the afternoon I could feel myself having that subtle tone of annoyance in my voice. I helped him out, of course - but when I got off the phone I realized something. The problem wasn't that my client called, the problem was that I didn't give myself the allowance to say "It's ok to not pick up the phone". Of course as a business professional we want to address every customer request as effectively as possible, but even in the timeless book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey talks about the importance of sharpening the saw. By answering every phone call while on vacation, I was essentially attempting to cut down an oak tree with the equivalent of a dull saw blade. Not good.
Later, I called back my client and apologized if I sounded a little snippy on the phone. I told him that I was on vacation, and I was overwhelming myself. He totally understood, and he said that it wasn't a big deal. We could restart our work after Labor Day weekend. I appreciated this very much. we hung up and I headed up to Marlboro NY for the three day Mazzstock festival. Finally - I disconnected. It was wonderful.
Originally I planned on just a one week vacation, with a few days extra out in Long Island with my friend the Pastor. But then my Sister called and asked me to join her for some ATV riding out in the Poconos, and then my awesome girlfriend asked if I wanted to hang out in Atlantic City for a day or two. I decided that if I was really going to be on vacation, I might as well really go for it. After all, I hadn't taken a week off until last year - what's one extra week this year?
I should also mention that thankfully I have a great team that I work with, that took a lot of the workload off my plate, so that I could really enjoy the time. (Thanks, guys. You're the best)
I don't know how long the feeling is going to last, but right now I am totally stoked to be at work. My energy is up, and I feel ready to take on the next few months with a renewed sense of purpose for serving our great customers.
If what I wrote above makes you slightly jealous - fear not. There's also a benefit that I'd like to provide to you, to help you take some of that time to enjoy what you have chosen to do for a living. It is in three parts:
- Get the eBook "How to Program Your Life" for free! - Simply message us on our contact form here, ask for the book in the subject line, and I'll send it to you for free, absolutely no obligation. What I would ask, though - is that you make a minimum $5 donation to World Vision, an organization that helps children and families in extreme poverty across the world. (I've seen the poverty and terrible living conditions firsthand; nobody should have to live that way). Again, the donation is optional. I'll send you the eBook either way. Click here to get How to Program Your Life
- Join us for our Work Smart! Business Breakfast Bootcamp - On September 23rd, I'll be holding a morning workshop in Nanuet NY (breakfast is included with your stay lol), to show you how to reset your goals for the rest of the year, and move your business to the place where you can take off two weeks without worrying, and setting your busines on autopilot! Click here to let us know you are [Interested].
The workshop with be conducted in three, one hour sessions:
Session 1: Identify the ONE thing that will move your business forward by 2018
Session 2: Remove all the clutter - the unimportant crap that you think is necessary
Session 3: Provide digital tools to help you stay organized and focused for the rest of the year
You will also receive a free printed copy of "How to Program Your Life". Click here to let us know you're interested!
- Watch this video - It's a quick commencement speech I did when I graduated college. (No, I didn't have a 4.0 GPA. I won a contest.)
The time I spent away wasn't all about being selfish. Like you, I know there is a lot to do in the coming weeks, months, and years. I think that the time spent will help my not only to better achieve my goals, but help you with yours. If you would like to get on the same wavelength with me in this endeavor, I truly hope that you'll consider checking out one of the resources above.
Thanks for reading. God bless you.