Are you feeling guilty about taking a break this Easter Weekend?
I wanted to share a few thoughts on working, and guilt, as we come up to the long weekend.
Whilst we know many individuals are currently furloughed and therefore unable to work. We also have the situation where many business owners, partners, team leaders, and individuals, are mentally or physically busier than ever.
Typically, businesses are looking at how they can continue, or better deliver, their existing services given the current physical restrictions and/or any changes to spending. Others are looking at how they can deliver new services or products, perhaps using existing processes or systems.
At the same time, and for those that can’t deliver the same levels of products and services, time is being spent considering how they can support and nourish client relationships (for now and the future), look after those in their organisation or firm, and keep an eye on finances.
Pivoting. Creating. Leading. Supporting.
You might find that, thinking through everything you want to do, to create, review, shape, or plan for. In the next few weeks, and months, can feel overwhelming.
And so, whilst you might be tempted not to take a break this long weekend, is that the best plan?
We know we don’t think well, react well, or make effective decisions, when tired, running on adrenaline, or stressed. Creative thinking also goes out of the window.
If listening to your body, would it be better to stop for a while? No laptops. Switch off phone notifications. And as twitchy as you might feel, let yourself eventually relax, over a few days.
Could taking a break be the best thing for you, your business, and your loved ones? We need to think long term and short term.
(And remember, if you are generating emails, you are creating pressure on others to respond to them.)
The question I am inviting people to consider is: ‘What do you need to do, to release the guilt, of not doing this weekend?’ and I will add ‘How can you best make that happen?’
Stay safe, well, and I hope your business can both come through this, and be able to flourish in the months and years to follow.