This summer I'm embracing an opportunity that I've long considered and one that nearly everyone I talk with covets. I'm taking the summer off.
After decades of 12-plus hour days, I am reclaiming my life. When I told my co-workers about my plan, I was surprised that many had taken significant time off and said it was one of the best decisions of their lives.
But when you've spent decades in overdrive, it's not easy to do time off well. I've felt guilty for shopping at Safeway at 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, wildly wondering what I was doing there, who all these other people were and why they weren't working. I've worried over how to relax and how productive I should be.
So, my fellow workaholics, here's how I'm getting off the treadmill, at least temporarily. Maybe some of these ideas will work for you.
First, I had to detox. I've skated by on as little as 4 to 6 hours of sleep per night for years. I'm catching up on the sleep I missed, eating well and exercising - and I feel the difference.