A few additional thoughts:
So, tell me…
…are you having fun yet?
Or, more specifically:
Have you given yourself permission to have fun – and relaxation / rejuvenation time – yet?
I’m hoping your answer is: “YES!”
But if your answer is: “kinda-sorta-maybe” then I’m glad we’re having this little chat.
I heard from several folks who made the bold move to take personal days. They all reported that, while it was difficult and/or a bit scary to commit to such a (seemingly) big block of time off, the experience was DEFINITELY worthwhile and they all said they planned to schedule these types of days more regularly.
A client of mine asked me to clarify what activities were “allowed” during those days. (Excellent question!)
Activities that feel good while you are doing them.
As opposed to activities that make you feel good once they are done.
Those are two TOTALLY different types of activities.
Yes, they both lead to you feeling good at the finish line, but that’s not nearly enough to refill the tank of such a wild, creative, diligent, responsible professional such as yourself!
In fact, please forget the finish line. For at least a day or two.
Slow to a crawl.
Drift with the wind.
Soak up the sun.
Because creating sustained success (and actually enjoying that success) requires – requires – that you become as good at playing as you already are at working.