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The Day My World Stood Still. Well, Nearly.

The Day My World Stood Still. Well, Nearly.

Blogging, writing, social media and emails galore. Sound familiar? I’m not moaning, it’s the theme tune to my life and I love it. However, since I found myself on this path I don’t think I’ve downed tools for even a day. I’m always conscious of deadlines, I squeeze work into my day any which way I can and when it’s finally time to go to bed I work for a couple more hours. You know, for good measure.

Well this week something amazing happened. I scheduled all content, put down my phone, closed the laptop, packed the kids into the car and took the whole day off to enjoy being a family. OK I’ll admit that I did have a few sneaky checks of my phone, completely cold turkey was probably a bit of a big ask! For the most part though I just enjoyed some time out, knowing that work would still be waiting for me when I got back.

I’ve written so many times about how taking a break is one of the best things to make your business thrive. It seems I’m not very good at taking my own advice. I’m always banging on about how refreshed a bit of time out can make you feel and how it can give you the motivation to crack through a load of work when you get back to it, I fully believe it too. So I just can’t work out why it’s taken me this long to act on it!

So what has taking a break taught me?

 

  • That the world won’t implode if I don’t reply to an email in 30 seconds flat.
  • That the day goes by in less of a blur if you take some time to enjoy it.
  • That my concentration improves markedly after taking some time out.
  • That going to bed at a reasonable hour once in a while is necessary.
  • That the world looks much prettier when you aren’t looking at it through a camera lense.
  • That I love my job and a break is necessary if I want to succeed!

 

It turns out that taking a break isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact it’s completely necessary for each and everyone of us to stop what we’re doing once in a while and take stock of where we’re at. I’ll definitely be taking another break sooner rather than later, all work and no play makes Zoe a very dull girl!

 

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23 Replies to “The Day My World Stood Still. Well, Nearly.”

  1. Oh well done you! It is so much easier said than done. I need to find a balance as I either go flat out at blogging etc or I take a break and do NOTHING… which is really hard to then come back from! You are so dedicated though, you certainly deserve to put your feet up once in a while & reap the reward of being a superstar! #blogstravaganza

  2. This so true! I find myself on my phone far too much. A quick comment here, a quick share there. Its never off my mind. But I too feel the benefit when I’ve taken a break. Does us all good in the long run x #blogstravaganza

  3. So very true! I read this and I know this, but I also know how hard it is to take that first step especially when you’re doing something you love and are passionate about. But I’m going to do it, so tomorrow, I am going to take the day off and go out with my boy, no phone, no distraction. Just us. Wish me luck! 🙂

  4. You’re so right. We have so much going on sometimes and a hundred (possible slight exaggeration) things on the go at once concentrating on what we’re doing right there in that moment gets lost sometimes! Glad you enjoyed the break #Blogstravaganza

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