By now we all know it is important to reset our computers, our phone and other electronic devices from time to time. Taking the time to reset these devices gives them an opportunity to clear memory and close down unimportant information. Technology can be difficult to navigate, but I find it is better when I take the time to reset these devices. If your device is ever running slow, take a moment to power it off and lose the frustration that goes along with it. Doing this will receive much of your technology stress.
We are like those devices we work with and must also take time out to reset. We call this rest. You think to yourself, “yes, we all know that!” Recently I went on a vacation with a couple of friends who I had been trying to get on vacation for awhile. We had a great time. I noticed as we began the trip how relaxed they began to be. This was their first vacation in several years. I often told them during the vacation that it is important to relax. This is a true statement!
My famous phrase is “Don’t live life to work, but work to live life!” We can become so inundated with living the day-to-day rat-race that we forget the power of a reset. We forget the memory and stress clearing power that goes along with it. We take life for-granted, when we should live every day like it were our last. Planning vacation and time to just get away is essential to providing joy and productivity in life. Productivity goes up for those who take time to rest and relax.
When we allow life to bog us down we become dull and slow in areas. We become drained by the things that make us excited. I have learned this during the past 13+ years of leadership and I have learned the power of reset and relaxation during the past 5+ years. This may just be a simple reminder for you, but you must take advantage of today, because tomorrow may never come. It is crucial to take time for family and friends. It is important to take a week or two of vacation every year and not allow life to control you. It does not matter if you have money or not either, you can take staycations and spend time at home or go to the movies. Life does not wait on you, so please do not learn to wait on life.
Allow yourself to move forward and refresh your passions. Here are a few suggestions:
- Take a cruise
- Stay at home and relax
- Take your children to the park and spend parent-time with them
- Take time off for a book or movie series you’ve been waiting read or watch
- Drive to the beach or to a lake
- Go to a museum in your home town
- Visit your local junior high and high school sporting events