Relax and Go On Vacation—The Work Will Wait for You! by Don Sinkov

{2:42 minutes to read} Here I am, about to leave on a ten-day vacation abroad—something I haven’t done in a really long time. I’m experiencing some trepidation, but not just about taking a long flight. I tried to finish all the work I had, but that is nearly impossible since it comes in every day.

Okay, I’m not complaining because I have too much work; it is just that this is the dilemma of a small business owner. One month, the phone doesn’t ring; no email; no text messages. You call yourself once every day or two, to make sure the phones work.

The following month you’re inundated by calls and appointments. You are so busy, you don’t know what to do first.

Then somebody reminds you that you are also supposed to have a life, and in that life, you should take vacations. Wow! Something I had forgotten about.

I know Americans are often accused of not taking enough vacations and just working all the time. Perhaps Europeans have a more balanced view on this, taking their 6- or 8-week holidays. I have always struggled with the balance of work and play.

I don’t want to be the guy that says, “Wow! I missed all of those years when I could have taken vacations. I was younger and felt good. Now I’m too old to do anything difficult. I should have taken that vacation hiking in the Himalayas, but I didn’t.”

What I’m trying to say is, don’t put off that vacation for some date in the future. The work will always be there, so don’t wait. Life doesn’t wait, so take that vacation, enjoy yourself and have a good time. When you get back, you’ll pay the price for it, but it will be worth it.

There’s an expression that my grandmother used when I would say, “Grandma, I’ve got to clean my room. It’s so dirty. I’m supposed to go out with my friends, but I need to clean my room.” She would say, “Don’t worry, the dirt will still be there when you come back. It’s not going anywhere, so go have a good time.

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