The past few weeks have been full of interesting developments here at D*S. Both personally and professionally, our team has been taking all sorts of big steps forward and I’ve been thinking a lot about what might have caused all of that. There are a million reasons why people choose to make any big decision, but I’ve started to come back to the idea that the best decisions happen when you take some time off and cut yourself some slack. Amy, Max and I are all card-carrying work-a-holics, but we all seem to really enjoy what we do, so taking time off doesn’t always come naturally. Combine that with the fact that we live in a city where NOT taking time off is heralded as the ultimate achievement and you’ve got the recipe for some seriously over-worked brains.
The biggest issue for me with taking time off is losing control. Delegating, accepting change or loss because of time-not-worked. It’s like the workaholic’s version of FOMO addiction. But looking around at my friends and co-workers this summer, I’ve seen such beautiful things happening when people choose to step away from work for a bit: first homes are purchased, relationships grow and ideas start to flow more easily when your mind can relax a bit. So I started to think about what my recipe for time off is– the sure-fire steps I take to make sure I relax a bit. And I wondered what YOUR recipes for time off were, too. I love hearing how people ensure their own health, happiness and restoration. Here are my go-tos, what are the ways you guys unwind and unplug from work to enjoy your lives a little more?
My Recipe for Time Off:
1. The post-breakfast nap. I can’t take time off from morning walks with Hope, so I prefer to follow them with a huge breakfast and an immediate post-breakfast nap. Nothing looks as good as your bed after a plate of pancakes covered in honey butter and syrup.
2. Email bounce-backs. I typically loathe bounce-backs, but when I need to unplug for a bit, I like to set one up for both my work and personal email so I know there’s a last line of defense in case anything serious or important happens. That way I’m not worrying about work or missed emails during my time off.
3. No live TV or internet. Disengaging from TV news, Instagram and Facebook for a while brings you back to a time and place where the only thing that matters is the present. I can’t stress how good this is for your brain. All that image-overload makes my mind feel like a storage cabinet that’s always being crammed with something new.
4. Indulgence. Lattes, chocolate croissants, french fries. Whatever my vice is, I let myself have it without a second thought. On vacation I want to only feel what it’s like to say YES to things that will make me happy.
5. Family. I do my best family catch-ups on my days off. I’m not thinking about work deadlines or other projects and I can really devote myself to listening and engaging in conversations rather than giving 50% of my time. Those calls with my parents are always the best.