I got back from a week at the shore with my family a few days ago. It was a fantastic trip and a great opportunity to get away from it all and reflect on the previous year. It took a little effort, but I stayed away from my phone, didn’t check email too frequently, and generally decompressed.
My younger daughter thought it would be a good idea to get up before dawn every morning, so I spent a good deal of time walking around the beach, enjoying the sunrise, and recharging my batteries.
It’s interesting to grab some perspective when you have the time to step back from the continuous barrage of emails, perceived crises, and various demands that seem to never end. I take a lot of pride in my responsiveness and general level of excellence that I deliver to my clients. Taking a step back allowed me to differentiate between “urgent” and “important.”