Back in December, just after my mother had her stroke, I decided to take a bit of time off. I had been wrapping up a multitude of projects in time for the holidays, but when I knew I would be traveling back to Florida I decided not to tackle any new projects until the first of the year.
After returning home, several things came up: sick kids, sick husband, my big race, and a variety of errands, such as doctor and dentist appointments. During this several week time period I took on a few small jobs but no new large projects. At night I sat on the couch with the remote in one hand and a magazine in the other. I stayed up late and slept in. I put the computer down.
While I was not pushing myself at work, I was focusing on other things: my family, the house, myself. I organized every room, cleaned out the refrigerator like it has never been cleaned before and went through my closets. I enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner.
And then, a few weeks into my ‘vacation’, I began to miss work.
I expected this to happen. I really enjoy what I do, even though my schedule is sometimes so full I don’t know whether I am coming or going. While I enjoyed watching television at night, I realized that I would actually much rather be working on a new design or article.
If you are feeling burned out, chances are you need a mini-vacation. You don’t have to pack it all up entirely-you can simply refuse to tackle new projects and skate through on little to no time spent at the computer for a few days or weeks. This is of course easier for someone with a home based business, as those of you who go into the office each day might be noticed if you sit down at your desk and begin balancing your checkbook or doing your nails. If this is the case, take a few days off, out of the office, and spend them at home. Allow yourself to stop thinking about the job and instead think about your family and yourself. Get a manicure, go out to lunch and enjoy the sunshine for an hour or two. Take a long drive and clear your head. See a movie in the middle of the day while sticking your hand in a bucket of greasy and deliciously fattening movie theater popcorn.
We often become so wrapped up in what we have to get done and what we are doing that we forget why it is we enjoy our work in the first place. Burnout is so common, and such a problem when it comes to the workforce. How many people do you know who hate their job? Who are wishing away the years so they can retire? This mentality is bad for your personal life because it affects not only what you are doing when you are at the job but how you feel when you are away. If you are constantly frustrated with the job, chances are you are thinking about it during your personal time.