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Everybody Needs a Day Off

Dec 28, 2007
I once saw a television repair man's van which had, printed on the side, and proudly displayed - Emergency Call Out 24/5. There was a man with his priorities right.

When you were employed, you had your one or two days off a week. Okay, you took some work home the occasional evening or weekend, you went in early some days and stayed late some nights but, by and large, you weren't going to let someone else's business stop you from having a life.

But now you work for yourself - boy, has that changed. The business is too important; there are too many things you've got to do; it will all be better in just a few weeks, months, or years from now when things have settled a little.

Now hold on.

Of course you want to succeed in this business - it was your dream and you're making it come true. But surely you have other dreams, too, and other priorities. One of the most common reasons people actually set up for themselves is so they have a little more control over their working conditions - choose their own hours; have a life again.

I know it's easy for me to sit here and pontificate about how you need to step back sometimes and relax, when so much depends on what you are doing.

Working too many hours can be counter-productive - and not just to your personal life but even to your work. If you don't believe me, then consider Leonardo da Vinci himself where he wrote, "Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation. For when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer." In other words, our batteries need to recharge so that they work at full power.

Ovid, even further back in time than da Vinci, put it a little more poetically, "take a rest; a field that is rested gives a bountiful crop." I appreciate that, when you're striving to make a success of things, timetabling your free-time tends to get 'squeezed out'. There are so many occasions when the legitimate demands of a client or a deadline means that your scheduled day off has to be sacrificed, but it is vital that you reschedule it and not just abandon it completely.

The last thing your business needs is a burnt out figurehead or someone too stressed to be able to function efficiently. The last thing your family and friends need is a picture on the side that reminds them of what you look like. The last thing you need is to have a list of priorities that doesn't include your own needs and your family's.

A much more contemporary voice than Ovid or da Vinci, Douglas Pagels, summed it up to perfection when he wrote, "Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and make sure that your most important decision of the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow."
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