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Make Sure to Keep Your Saw Sharpened
Even When Your Vacation Plans Are Canceled
Even though it’s hard to predict just how COVID-19 will continue to affect our country, there’s one thing that, unfortunately, is certain for many of us: Our vacation plans had to be canceled. Whether it was a major international trip or just a quick weekend getaway to the mountains, preventing the spread of the virus has led to restricted travel throughout the country. All of this leaves us with an important question to answer: How are we going to recharge and unwind without our vacations? I had two trips back in May I was really looking forward to. One was a camping trip up in North Carolina before the kids were out of school. I had to cancel that trip when the National Park Service shut down the campsite I was planning to stay at. Then, for Memorial Day weekend, 25 of my family members and I were supposed to go on a cruise to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. Canceling that trip was crushing. After all, you only turn 90 once. We recently learned that our two-week British Isles cruise in July was also canceled. I’m sure many of you reading this newsletter can relate to the disappointment I felt when we had to cancel these trips because of the pandemic. Maybe some of you were supposed to be on vacation right now. As a business owner, I’m an advocate
of Stephen Covey’s “sharpening the saw” philosophy, which stipulates that part of being as productive as you can be is taking time to relax and renew yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. While you don’t have to go on a massive vacation to do that, many people are still finding it tough to recharge with a “staycation,” even as cities and states begin opening back up. Nevertheless, we’re going to have to find ways to get away from our work this summer, even if we have to get a little more creative than we normally would. Without taking time off, we’ll only have so much energy to take on our workloads before we burn out. In order to avoid burnout, I would recommend finding something you can do safely to take your mind completely off your work.
For example, I’ve been biking on a trail near my house regularly since the pandemic really kicked into gear. When I’m biking on this trail, I have to be completely focused on my surroundings and how to navigate them on my bike. There’s no room for my mind to wander away to the office. While it’s not nearly as ideal as a two- week vacation, we all have to adapt to our situation. To a certain extent, the more time you take off, the more productive you are and the more money you make. It sounds ironic, but it’s the truth. I hope all of you have been finding ways to recharge and avoid burnout and that next year, all our vacation plans will go off without a hitch.
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