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Taking Time Off Can Actually Help Workers Get More Done
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Taking Time Off Can Actually Help Workers Get More Done

Did you know that taking time off can actually help workers get more done? When you're working for yourself you get to refresh yourself.

Responsible

Know what else? You're responsible for taking time off!

Journey

Memories are funny things, aren’t they? I’m packing boxes now.

I’m preparing for a journey. In fact, I’m packing to place my belongings aside.

Because I plan to travel light. As in I’m flying with carry-on luggage only.

As I pack, I'm remembering my experiences of how taking time off can actually help workers get more done. I’ve found it helps me!

Results

It’s funny. But each time I've invested in going off on a journey I've found production goes up.

My mind focuses. My output increases.

I get more results!

Prepare

I want that right now! I need it too, for I’m working at recovering myself from way too many life events.

I'm going after focus and output aggressively by preparing to fly.

Time off

From my experience taking time off can actually help workers get more done. I've found that to be true both before and after time off.

(1) While packing you remember what inspires you

(2) When you're about to travel you're focused

(3) You refresh and recharge

Work

When you work from a computer you can do so anywhere and anytime, right? That’s a way to be able to work on days you want to work and be somewhere else other days.

Adventure

I’m preparing for an adventure that begins on Sunday. Simply by climbing on an airplane.

So I'm packing boxes to put aside. I'm packing carry-on luggage to keep with me.

Remembering...

My packing work reminds me of another journey. It was a much bigger journey travel-wise! I packed my stuff in boxes for a four month world tour.

Part of that world tour was a pilgrimage of three weeks. 21 days of pretty much daily flying within India! I went flying to what felt a different world at each destination.

I flew to beaches where I stayed in 5-star hotels. I sailed the Indian Ocean on a tiny sailboat and went too far out to sea on an even tinier windsurfing board.

I climbed through thousands of years of history to enter ancient caves. When you’re traveling, you never know what is going to happen, do you?

Example

For example, did you know that Mikhail Baryshnikov danced again with the Bolshoi Ballet in 1987? He danced in Calcutta.

Guess who was there? Me! Mother Teresa.

Neither one of us saw the performance because we spent the entire time gazing into one another’s eyes. Meeting a living Saint is an extreme example but taking time off can actually help workers get more done by inspiring them in ways unimagined!


Street Talk

Boy, perfect timing for this article. Thanks!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks!

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  about 1 decade ago

I couldn't agree more. The anticipation, the preparation and the doing are always great for me. I get focused to get things done so I can leave then I'm focused and renewed when I get home. Liked and tweeted

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  about 1 decade ago

You're awesome John! Thank you.

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  about 1 decade ago

Appreciate the travel history, nice article , i wonder when, i would be able to get two weeks from work.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you! Appreciate your compliments. Hm... if you don't decide to do it it won't happen... decide as in set a goal and do what it takes to achieve that goal.

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  about 1 decade ago

WOW I am so in tune with your thoughts.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Sharon! Delighted to learn that;) Appreciate your compliments.

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  about 1 decade ago

Traveling alone can teach you so much! One of my favorite articles

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Maria! Already bumped into a few yesterday before even departing;)

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  about 1 decade ago

I am so on board with taking time off and going on adventures....makes life worth living....great article Cynthia.....makes you want to get back to work so you can do it again......

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  about 1 decade ago

Or bring your work with you! After all, some days you might well want to work for a few hours, right? Thanks for your compliments. Thanks for reading!!

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Love this Cynthia, and would like to know more about your stay in India. How great to have met Mother Teresa and to have seen Baryshnikov perform with the Bolshoi. The point of your article is how one benefits from time away, and you are so right. It gives you inspiration and perspective.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Joan! Yes, traveling brings many benefits. You're right, inspiration and perspective are great benefits.

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  about 1 decade ago

I agree that traveling and going on adventures sure helps me focus and get more done in the long run. I've never traveled for three weeks before but I'd be up for that mind clearing challenge LOL! Great article Cynthia Jay

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  about 1 decade ago

Jay, you've never traveled for three weeks before? Hmm. Maybe that's a good goal for your next year's vacation? Thanks for your comments, encouragement and being here. Appreciate your compliments.

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  about 1 decade ago

The three week vacation could be a good goal for next year. I've done a few two week trips but maybe I'll try and raise the bar next year. I'm thinking three weeks in Hawaii. One week on each of my three favorite Islands: O'ahu, Kauai, and Maui! Thanks for the idea Cynthia

  
  about 1 decade ago

Wonderful! How about thinking out of the box ways to travel there? Or? Hawaii is expensive, can you maybe go 4 weeks instead if you camp? Or six weeks if you get a part time gig?

  
  about 1 decade ago
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