If your life is anything like mine November is a busy month both personally and professionally.
It is trade show season, budget planning, and time to tally up the 3rd Quarter results. It is do or die time in the world of sales and manufacturing. Maybe it is like that in your world too. You are left questioning everything. Are you on track to make budget? Will you complete your goals? What still needs to be done?
Summer is also officially over. If you have not cleaned out your garage or switched out your summer clothes for winter, what are you waiting for?!!
It can all be quite overwhelming.
Last weekend when panicking over how I would get everything done, I made a bold choice. I decided to drop everything and grab my last bits of fun before getting down to business. My husband and I decided to run away from home!
My daughter looked at us in such shock as we packed our bags, loaded the trunk and got ready to drive away. “Where are you going ?” she asked in surprise. We are going to check into the Marriott”, I beamed. (I must confess this is not exotic and is only 5 minutes from my home.) Being a platinum level member, or as we like to joke at work, “The abandon your family level”, we get plenty of free hotel nights. Why not take advantage?
Although I am not one to procrastinate, I have to say, I highly recommend this behavior. Once we settled into our room we had cocktails, swam in the pool, and went out for a great dinner. I woke up in the morning and read my book, that’s it! No e-mail, no laundry, no food shopping, no drawers to clean! We then went out to brunch, walked around a quaint town, and returned home relaxed, refreshed and ready to face the week and month ahead.
I have been pondering this topic a lot lately. As work/life balance becomes more difficult scheduling fun into your calendar should become a must! Now I am not suggesting you should drop everything and check into a hotel every weekend, but surely you can make time for some fun activities.
I have now added scheduling something fun each weekend to my “can do” list. (See last week’s blog: http://dessertdivachronicles.com/turn-your-to-do-list-into-a-can-do-list/ ). This gives me something to look forward to as the week’s responsibilities build. It can be as simple as a movie, a great new restaurant, a walk around a new town, discounted theater tickets, or a local festival. Fall is a great time for pumpkin picking and wine tasting. (There is actually no bad season for wine tasting). Even a walk on the beach or on my favorite trail with my buddies gives me the leverage I need to get through the week.
Add scheduling some fun into your “can do” list. I promise you will love how you feel each Monday. As they say, “in life sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward.” In the world of work/life balance, sometimes you need to let loose in order to get focused and get down working.
So enjoy your weekend, grab some excitement and by all means HAVE FUN!!!!!