If you struggle to take time off, if you find it difficult to turn your mind off even on the weekends, if you feel as if your family is constantly asking you to spend more time with them, then perhaps you too need to take the femXadvisor Work Addiction Risk Test.
Take a minute and see where you stand, perhaps it’s time to take some well-needed time off.
I was happy to learn I was NOT a workaholic even though my husband may beg to differ. During a vacation in Bar Harbor, I did take my laptop with plans to do a little writing but as each day passed I found less and less interest in even opening the cover.
I purposely told myself I would not do any work for the first 3 days, I think that was the best thing I could have done for myself. These first three days allowed my brain to shift gears and focus on reading novels and enjoying doing nothing. After spending 3 days hiking and biking the desire to focus on business had smoldered, allowing me to relax even further, my laptop just sat on the table not even plugged in.
It’s easier to turn work off when you don’t love what you do. My husband has been a pharmacist for 31 years, he is ready to let go. When he is not working he rarely thinks about work at all, he just turns it off. For me, it’s not so easy because I love what I do.
Whether you are a financial advisor, entrepreneur, or have a consulting business you are constantly thinking about where next month’s paycheck will come from. You are constantly rethinking client situations hoping to find the best solution. Yet it is these same situations that create the importance and need for R&R. Your brain needs a break, like an overused muscle it needs time to heal and repair in order to begin rebuilding. By the end of our vacation, when I did finally open up my laptop the ideas just flowed. My mind had a chance to get refreshed enhancing my perspective and ability to think more clearly. As always after a long vacation, I asked myself why don’t I do this more often.
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