I’ve spent the past 4-5 months working straight 14 hour days. Non-stop. Not only is that not healthy, it’s down right against our human nature. Sadly, it’s the norm these days. We work all hours of the day, every day of the week. For me over the last several years work has been everything. It’s my hobby, my passion, and one of my biggest strengths. I’m really good at working hard, but I’m terrible at resting.
It’s important to rest and take time off. After the last few months of slaving over my machine, my wife surprised me with a trip to North Shore, Oahu to rest my mind and celebrate my 30th birthday. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve surfed, ate acai bowls, swam under waterfalls, and enjoyed Hawaii’s amazing sunsets with my beautiful pregnant wife. If it wasn’t for her, I would of missed out on this celebration and just worked straight through it. Sad I know. I just really love to work. We work so hard sometimes we forget about life. But you know what I’ve noticed? Just after 2 days of not working, I’ve now came up with so many good ideas because my mind was finally refreshed again. I’ve plugged into my creative outlet and fully recharged.
Just like we have to recharge our phones and cars now, we have to recharge our minds on a more regular basis. There’s never a good time to take time off, so don’t wait for it. Do it now. Do it tonight. Do it all next week. Just as long as you do it. You’re brain deserves it. And quite frankly so does your work or company. If you haven’t taken a break in awhile, you’re running on low battery. Recharge.
The picture above is where I’m writing this article, in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii right in front of the surf break Leftovers.