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Donna's blog on coaching, leadership, and life

Need some time off? Go for it.

As you read this, I’m on my way to a 5-day vacation with two of my dearest girlfriends. Every year for the last 12 years, we gather in a lake home on the water, and we vow to do as close to nothing as we can manage. We seldom even use a car (except for perhaps a rainy day trip to an antique store.) We eat well, swim, sunbathe, talk, relax, relax, and relax. I am in dire need of this vacation, as I need to regroup and refresh.

If you’re looking for a business message here, you may think there isn’t any. Yet I’m guessing you’ll agree that our well-being is closely tied to the efficiency and quality of our business relationships and business results.

So my recommendation is that if you’re in dire need of a vacation—better yet, before you’re in dire need of a vacation—schedule some time off (first step!), take it, and enjoy it. If you’re refreshed and at your best, your team, your work, your organization, and/or your clients, will get your best too.

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