As leaders we are often the last to know that we need a break. We all have hard weeks. We all have the night where we need to come home and find comfort in our families -- and a bottle of Kettle One. For the most part, however, we never feel as though we need a break. After all, what would our organization do without us?
For the 2nd year in a row I have returned from a wonderful week with my wife and/or family and realized how far below peak efficiency I had been performing prior to my much needed respite. I was shocked when I returned to realize this because I cannot imagine being more passionate about my job. There is not a day that I come home without giving my all to my school and to my own personal and professional development. However, upon return from my time with loved ones it has been clear that the product I was putting forth before that time did not live up to the standard I have set for myself.
Despite all of that passion and effort you may be putting into your job, there comes a time when you just do not have much left to give. Personally, I have recognized that I need to get away each year and enjoy my wife and sons to maintain peak performance throughout the remainder of the year. So – on New Year’s Eve when many people resolve to make changes in their life I urge each of you overachievers to make a conscious decision to make a concerted effort to take time for yourself and your family. Resolve to take at least one vacation per year. It doesn’t matter where you go – what matters is who you are with and what you are not doing (work). I think you will be surprised of the results when you get back. Your productivity will increase. So – take a vacation. Don’t do it for you – do it for your organization. They need you to take a break as much as you may think you need to continue to grind – Trust me.