The Value of Mini-Breaks
So I had a pretty amazing mini-break last week; not only did I get to spend time with close friends from afar, I also got to see some really beautiful sights (incase you are interested…. this pic I took myself of the gorgeous landscape I experienced on my break).
To be honest, the timing of this mini-break was not ideal – I had just launched OLR Coaching, as well as having other business and personal commitments; but I scheduled this trip a while ago to coincide with my friends visiting so I just had to make the timing work – and I am really glad I did; as the time I spent with my friends was priceless. It was a good reminder for me that money can’t buy time or memories.
I know the reality is that there is never a good time to take a break. From my own experience, we always find reasons why we can’t take time away….but have we ever seriously thought about what would actually happen if we did take a break? Would the world really fall apart? Would it be a disaster if we delegated a task to someone else in our absence that was done slightly differently to how we would do it?
Perhaps we also need to think about what would happen if we didn’t take a break? I know I have returned from my break feeling energised after having a relaxing 3 days away – and I was super excited to get back into work; so I wonder if a mini-break would create the same feelings for other people too. And don’t forget the health benefits by stepping away from the hectic pace of everyday life for a few days and slowing down, and doing something you enjoyed that you never get around to doing.
The advantage of a mini-break is that you aren’t out of the picture for too long either, so if you plan them right mini-breaks can be a great recharger without missing out on too much. For those of us who are business owners or managers, mini-breaks can provide a great opportunity to let our team take on tasks they normally wouldn’t do, which can be a great way of creating learning and development opportunities for them too.
So when you catch yourself staring longingly at those travel deals thinking you can’t do that; perhaps maybe you can – or actually maybe you should. It doesn’t even need to be an extravagant trip or travelling a great distance, but slowing down, switching off and even exploring your own part of the world for just a few days could be just be the rejuvenation you need. It’s all about balance.