I hope most of you took some time off at the end of this year. It has been a good time to refresh, spend time with family and get ready for 2008. Management guru and author Harvey Mackay published a newsletter recently that had some very good words of wisdom in it:
- Take your vacation time. Hoarding earned days? Do you lose them if you don’t use them? Maybe you are just building up a cache of time that you will use “when you need to.” People seem to be almost unwilling to take breaks when they really need them. Keep in mind that the workplace and world will survive, probably quite well, if you go on vacation. If you think you are indispensable at work, stick your finger in a bowl of water and notice the hole it leaves when you pull it out. Now try to imagine the hole in your family’s life without you. It suddenly becomes a clear choice!
I hope you have made the choice to not leave a hole in your family life in preference to your job. As 2008 chugs along think about the “hole in the water.”