Eat. Sleep. Rise. Work. Repeat.
The cycle never ends. If you’re as lucky as I am, work doesn’t seem like work. However, no matter what type of job we have and how much we love it, we all need a break from the grind. It’s a must and I’ve reached that point. Get me to the beach, please.
Your beach doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical location. It could just be a mental you go to get away from the craziness of the world. Your beach might be a quiet where you’re alone in your thoughts. It could be include a good book, or a weekend trip away. No matter what or where your beach is, we must get away to refresh our minds and recharge our batteries. If possible, make sure you take a vacation with your spouse and children. Nothing is better than spending quality time with your loved ones.
When you take your trip and find your beach (wherever that may be), be sure to follow these five tips to ensure your vacation refreshes and recharges you.
Find some time alone. This is harder to do with children, but you can do this during nap time or before they wake up in the morning. It’s important to have time alone in your thoughts. Don’t force the thoughts, just let them come organically. Our best thoughts and ideas always come to us when we have an open mind.
Appreciate your hard work. A lot of hours and hard work have paid for your trip. Take some time reflect on the effort you put into having this vacation. It can’t be all work and no play. Oftentimes this vacation served as the carrot at the end of your string. When you get back to work, remember why you work so hard..It’s for these vacations shared with your loved ones.
Realize there will be hiccups. Maybe the weather doesn’t cooperate one afternoon, you spill food on your nice shirt, or you realize you forgot something minor. Let it go, you’re on vacation. Readjust and don’t stress. Find another plan or alter the existing one. Don’t let small things ruin your mood or vacation.
Cherish carefree moments. I’m looking forward to having a margarita on the beach with my beautiful wife while we watch our boys play in the sand. We’re on a schedule all year. Going from one place to another like madmen. Enjoy the feeling of not having to be at a particular place at a certain time. Enjoy those moments that just happen while we’re with our loved ones just hanging out. That’s what life’s about.
Create a goal list. Now, you shouldn’t really work on vacation. However, I think it’s a great idea to come up with a personal and professional goal list for the next year. Again, some of our best thoughts come to us when we’re in a relaxed state of mind away from the office. These goals will help you have many more great vacations over the years.
We will not have our weekly post next Friday, as I’ll be on the beach in Mexico. I did want to take this time to wish all of you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! There’s no greater joy in life than raising your children. Our society needs more invested father’s out there. Anyone can “father” a child but it takes a real man to be there and raise one. THANK YOU to all the dad’s out there who do.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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