Monday, July 26, 2010
What you need is a change of venue...
All year long you produce, produce, produce. Have you given yourself a change of venue yet? I've said it before, but it bears repeating - you wouldn't be able to run your car indefinitely and expect great performance without refueling it and changing the oil - why would you try to run yourself that way? At some point you have to work on maintaining or rebuilding your personal production capacity, and it helps to have a change of venue. You get fresh scenery, a change in schedule, the potential for new contacts - and REST.
With all of the hectic scheduling, deadlines, and multi-tasking it takes a force of will to choose to get away. The trend is toward shorter, more frequent trips. According to Steve Born, vice president of marketing for Globus, mini getaways (four days or less) have seen an increase of 95 percent in 2010 bookings over those of 2009.
How long does it take you to kick back and recharge the batteries? I appreciate a weekend here and there, but it takes a week for me to really relax. There's the preparation, the packing, getting there, unpacking, orienting - and then the relaxing. On a week-long vacation by Thursday morning I'm starting to anticipate the dismount: repacking, reloading, traveling home, unpacking, laundering, grocery shopping to refill the fridge, picking up pets at the kennel, and the zillions of other tasks associated with getting back into the groove. So it takes a 7-day vacation for me to get 4-1/2 really relaxing days that are free of logistics. Maybe I'm wrapped a little tight, but that's how it is - and I'm certain that I'm not alone in this.
When we're lounging at our beach house we often talk about how much time it would take for this our favorite vacation spot to become routine, hum-drum, etc. My next goal is to have a two-week (concurrent) stay, and at some point test a summer at the beach - uninterrupted. How cool to be there long enough in one stretch to find out my tolerance for kicking back and listening to the surf and seagulls!
It's a different type of relaxation when you're exploring new turf - touring abroad or visiting a site that's new to you. This is more about expanding your thinking rather than suspending it (or allowing room for it to drift on its own). The explorer vacation stimulates, builds new connections, taps new skills perhaps.
If you're reading this post and you're a person who has left vacation days untapped and unused from one year to the next, shame on you! Yes, I'm sure you're indispensable, but if you're not giving yourself a periodic change of venue you're not only cheating yourself of benefits you've earned - you're not operating at your optimum level. Simple as that. So git! Skedaddle! Vacate!