Here in the UK, we had a public holiday at the beginning of the month and just afterwards, one of my clients told me he’d come back to the office more worn out than he’d felt before the break. With another three day weekend ahead of us, my clients and I have been talking about how to make the best use of our time off.
My day job is at a publishing company and our products periodically go through redesigns, or if they don’t need a complete redesign, we simply refresh them (and we turn this into a noun which for some reason we insist on pronouncing as ‘a re-fresh’). Inspired by these concepts of redesign and refresh, all our options begin with ‘re’:
Is it time to unplug? Is the most effective thing you can do this weekend to switch off your electronic devices, mentally and emotionally disconnect yourself from the office and immerse yourself in life away from work?
How’s everything going? Are you feeling on top of things? Is it time for some new goals? What should you stop doing/keep doing/start doing?
If your reflections lead you to think it’s time for a big change, maybe a long weekend is a good time to take a blank sheet and start redesigning your work or your home or your life.
Maybe you don’t need a huge overhaul, maybe you just need to tweak a few things. How can you refresh your work? What small changes would make home life easier? In the same way you can refresh a room with a quick coat of paint, what simple steps can you take to make your goals seem fresh and appealing?
When I was a child, I always left getting my games kit ready to the last minute: scrambling around under the bed trying to find my other hockey sock was never the best way to start the morning routine. How can you ready yourself to make the return to work as stress-free as possible?
Today’s pebble for your consideration:
What’s the best option for you this weekend – relax, reflect, redesign, refresh or ready? What will you do?
What do you think?
ps If your weekend’s reflections make you realise you’d like some help with your redesign, why not reach out to me to see how we can work together? (I’m possibly getting carried away with ‘re’ here!)
Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.