Earlier today, Frank wrote about his plans to spend this Memorial Day weekend sharing time with his family and remembering those who gave their lives in service of our country. I say, good for him. And good for you, if that’s what you’ll be doing, too.
However, I suspect that many of you (me included) will spend at least part of the weekend working. We’ll say it’s because we have to, because business will suffer if we don’t, because it’s expected, because we won’t get paid if we don’t work, because it’s a sacrifice you have to make when you run a business. . . and on and on.
The truth is, for most of us, our businesses will function just fine if we turn off the phones and the email for one day.
It’s not easy to walk away from work, I know. It’s particularly hard if you have an online business and even worse if you work from home. But even folks who work 9 to 5 in an office have learned to expect “day off” interuptions.
A survey by Harris Interactive from last May states that 71% of the people surveyed thought is was okay to interrupt their vacation with messages from work.
I think the truth of the matter is, we welcome the interruptions. We welcome the chance to work when everyone else is off because it makes us feel empowered and more important. We feel needed and everyone wants to be needed.
So let’s turn this around. If you take at least one full day off this holiday weekend (no email, no texting, no thinking about work stuff) it could be a problem. You might lose some money and you might have too much to do when you get back. But do it anyway, because balance is important. Family is important. Time with your own non-work thoughts is important. You may be surprised to find that the break actually did you some good. You might go back to work on Tuesday refreshed, creative and with the power to plow through your work in half the time.
I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll take a day off if you will. Sunday, I’m going to go see a movie and then out to dinner. I won’t even bring my phone along and I won’t boot up my computer. I challenge you to do the same.
Meet you back here on Tuesday when we can all get back to work on that plan to take over the Internet. See you then.