The summer is half over and what have you done? Have you been a Vacation Veronica? Have you enjoyed family and friends but dread what will happen when you open your calendar for the fall? OR have you been crazy busy and are in desperate need of a break?
Maybe the question should be, whether or not you’ll take time for a break. Today, we are living life at a faster pace. Everyone is offering us ways to save time with more tech gadgets. Instead of freeing up our time, they have us trying to figure our how much more we can accomplish with the time saved. I sometimes feel like I’m on a treadmill which keeps increasing speed. Moving faster but not always sure how much I am actually getting done. Are you wondering if you need a break? Here are a few signs it’s time to take a break.
1. You are busy but not productive.
You know what I mean, right?. You’re doing stuff, just not the most important stuff. You’re shifting papers but definitely not moving forward. If this is you, take a break. Refocus. Restart.
2. You are irritable, even when nothing particularly stressful is happening.
Do you have a sour attitude? What I mean is, do you feel frustrated, or unsatisfied in you job? Chances are there’s something hiding beneath the surface. Usually anger— even the quiet, passive-aggressive type – is a sign boundaries have been crossed. Are you stuffing your feelings? Resentment emerges when we don’t speak up, ask for help, or make a necessary change. This is probably one of my biggest character defects.
3. You just accomplished a big goal.
Did you know our energy is depleted after we accomplish a big goal? I always thought it was the opposite. Studies show, we are more effective and able to work towards future goals when we give our minds and bodies a chance to recover. This allows our energy to be replenished for the next big goal. When you finish a major project – Celebrate. Relax. Rejuvenate. Then move on.
4. Your body hurts.
Your body will give you warning signs. I don’t mean the aches from old age (yup, my big complaint). I mean things like chronic back or neck pain, headaches, and fatigue. Don’t ignore them. These are usually the ways your body is trying to tell you something. Listen. If you don’t, there could be long-term consequences ahead.
5. You’re dreaming about work.
This was me when I was working…. I was forever dreaming of projects, and deadlines. Now working for myself I am able to walk away from things (sometimes). No matter what, it’s a definite sign some downtime is LONG overdue.
6. You haven’t had a break in a while.
Are you thinking, none of those apply to me? Guess what? Even if they don’t and you haven’t had time off in awhile, it is time to take a break! It could simply be ten minutes every couple of hours, a day of downtime every week (unplug), and a vacation or personal days for fun time every few months will make you far more productive—and far happier—than working nonstop.
Give yourself a break! Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!