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Take a Holiday – Please!

February 18th, 2016

A just released study claims 56% of you haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months! What? Wrong – wrong – wrong!

Small wonder (especially) Golds (35% of the population) and Blues (30% in Canada – 15% in the U.S.) stink at work-life balance! What would Nike say? JUST DO IT!

Oranges: work hard – play hard. But you do have to do the latter, too! At least you know how, even if you haven’t done it for a while.

Blues: Yes, people and your team need you. Always have – always will. But not all day, every day, all year. Besides, going away takes away the need to say “no” to people and set boundaries. The best way to take care of yourself is to go away and take care of yourself!

Greens: An hour of Green alone time a day doesn’t count. You can take your alone-time, learning time, and thinking time with you. Not just home, but on a real vacation. You’re project driven, then can feel that let down when there isn’t anything worth your brainpower to work on. Don’t get to that stage – take a holiday time out, a book or five, and veg for a while.

Golds: Your to do list will never be done. Like that’s a surprise in your life? Put “vacation” on your to-do list, and then make it happen. Don’t worry (OK, that’s a stupid thing to say…) your work to-do list will still be there when you get back. Yes, the two worst days are the day before holidays when you need to work 17 hours to get everything done – and the day you get back when everything is piled up that you refused to let others do while you’re gone. Don’t be cheap…spend the money and invest the time to have some fun (it’s allowed…it’s a rule!).

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