I had a lovely coffee machine. Every day I made multiple cups of coffee. The machine was almost always on. Always working. It was beautiful and I named it Daisy.
Last week Daisy gave up on me.
Well, it did last me a few years. And we might have mistreated it a bit. Overworked it. No breaks…
…wait. Daisy had a burnout!
This made me rethink the purpose of taking a break and going on vacation. I know so many folks (me included, – cough!) who just feel bad when taking a breather – it shouldn’t be that way. Think about it:
I couldn’t write these blog posts if I stopped reading books and talking to people.
I wouldn’t create my next project if I didn’t spend time resting and just allowing my mind the headspace it needs to process information.
…have you seen how many of my analogies come from my trips to the gym? It’s crazy, right? I even got myself some freelance clients when grabbing a drink with friends.
Isn’t it amazing?
If you just work and sleep, not only are you missing out on life opportunities, you’re paving your own path towards burnout.
You’re running a marathon, so don’t sprint it. Slow and steady wins the race.
Daisy, you will be missed… but for now, I’m taking a tea break.
Living Just For Work Isn’t Living At All…
It’s easy to think about taking a break, but sometimes we don’t even realize that the whole day (or week!) has passed us by.
What ways have you come up with, that help you pause and take a day at a time?
Looking forward to read your thoughts in the comment section below! Always a pleasure to hear from you 🙂