As some of you know, I spent the last couple of weeks on vacation. I went on my first cruise going to Alaska and explored that part of the continent. Afterwards, a few days were spent in the Okanagan Valley enjoying the West Coast wine region of Canada.
I use my vacation time not only to decompress from the stresses I have left at home, but to develop a plan to decrease my stress level, set goals and make a plan to achieve them, learn how people life their lives, and hopefully take something away that will make me better.
Alaska is a very beautiful part of the world that is mostly untouched by man. The natural beauty of the Last Frontier tends to bring one back to a time when things are considered to be ‘simpler’. Many people live entirely off the resources of the land. I was fortunate enough to see a few homes float on home-made barges within calm bays. They get their power from solar panels or a diesel generator. They either take a floatplane or boat to their destinations. Life is without the constant checking of cell phones, email notifications, or PVRs.
Slowing down and smelling the roses is not an easy thing to do, but when you disconnected from the world, it is a natural thing to do.
If you can’t get something done today, there is always tomorrow. Plan your week out Monday morning or Sunday night to be able to complete all of your required work but yet not find yourself fighting any fires.
It is okay to do nothing, in certain circumstances. There is nothing wrong with taking a step back and observing people, the environment, and how they interact with each other.
Lastly, there is not a lot of positive things that can come out of getting mad at others. Take a breath, look around at what is going on, identify if there is actually a problem or not, identify the proper root cause, and then solve it.
Being an entrepreneur, I know that it is hard to take yourself away from work for a week, but a good battery recharge will only help you keep going.
Have a great week!