One of the best ways to get more productive and to accomplish more in your professional life is to take more time off.
I know that doesn’t make sense to most people. But of all the ways that i get more done in less time, this without question is my favorite.
There are several ways to do this that are extremely simple to implement.
1. Sit down and commit to at least several times when you are going to unplug for your normal routine.
This might be a series of three-day weekends. It could be several weeks, or even several months. DREAM BIG! What could you do in the next year that would be completely inspiring to you?
2. Make your commitment public. Tell your co-workers. Tell your clients. Let people know your plans.
This accomplishes two things. First, you solidify your commitment. In making it public, you have taken a major step in making it happen in that you have some terrific external accountability. Secondly, having the conversation with your co-workers and clients will require you get clear on everything that needs to be done in order for you to be gone. This is different than your normal vacation where when you return you wished you’d never left because your workload is so stacked up that you don’t know where to begin.
One of the major benefits of taking more time off is to amplify your productivity and your resourcefulness. In order to take more and more time for you outside of work, you will be required to become more focused and efficient while you ARE working. You will also need to improve your ability to forge partnerships and delegate. For so many reasons, this may be the biggest benefit. The person who “can’t be replaced” puts their entire organization at risk in the event they can’t show up … and oftentimes they do this intentionally as a way to elevate their significance.
It’s my experience that the most truly significant people in any organization are the ones that are NOT needed because they have helped so many other people become competent leaders in their own right that everything will get handled with or without them.
3. Systematically review your plan.
This will keep you energized. It will also keep your commitment level high to not bailing or watering down your plan. It is important that you follow through on your personal commitment. By doing so, you build your confidence and trust in YOU as well as you credibly establish with others that you follow through on your plans. Even if things don’t go perfectly while you are gone, you will learn a ton from the experience and as with anything, you will get better and strong results will some practice.
Post your plans for the year. If you don’t have any … get chasing after it! I’m off to Mexico for a month today – i look forward to reading your comments from the beach!
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