The week of recharging was great for many reasons but the primary reason was family and the fact that we were able to give my daughter (and a friend of hers) the week at the shore with no real schedule. We went to the beach and boardwalk when we wanted. It was a week of YES. We even took surfing lessons one day and while the 10 years old girls did great the 44 year old man did just OK (see picture) but it was a great experience and one I will treasure forever and hopefully repeat many times next year. The condo was great because I could also set up an office. I know what you are saying – “Not on vacation!!” – but I have a slightly different philosophy.
I consider my clients second to only my family and as a small business owner I think that is why I am successful. If I can work a few hrs a day in the early AM or at night and be on a few conference calls I can keep things moving forward for my clients and honestly that saves me stress when I return and that makes me a better husband, father and Executive Director. I do not think I am alone in that way of thinking. As I speak with people more of them spend some time working on vacation than did in the past and I do not think that is a bad thing. You can still recharge and be productive at the same time. For me it is about work-personal life balance. If you noticed at the top and here I do not use the term work-life balance because work is a part of life as is personal time so I prefer to use the tern work-personal life balance.
Just as recharging is important to increase your work performance – volunteer and paid – it is also important for the soul. Work gives us purpose and meaning and allows us to help others either by what we produce or by providing advice or assistance to colleagues, peers or the next generation of professionals. Recharging is not only for vacation. To be honest I get recharged when I have a Board Meeting or educational event come up since it allows me to show what I love to do and that is help not-for-profits become better organizations.
To bring this post to a close take some time to recharge yourself today. It could be a personal or a work related recharge but get recharged in some manner. It will make you a better person and a more productive worker.
Thanks for reading,