The definition of insanity
October 01, 2013
What's that saying? The definition of insanity is doing the same
things over and over and expecting different results. So you're
back into school, work, alarm clocks and schedules. Maybe you're
feeling rushed. Obligations tugging at your sleeve. Has the comfort
of a little routine turned into monotony, or worse, exhaustion?
When you're getting swept up in too much 'Urgent but
Unimportant' (thank you, Stephen Covey and Martha Beck for this
poignant recap and time management exercise), stomp the brake hard
with both feet. This is not your destiny. You are the wise arbiter
of what takes priority in your life. In other words, slow down and
make a right turn to something 'Important but not Urgent.'
Maybe a weekend getaway - with or without the kids - is the
change of scenery, perspective and pace you need to feed your body
and soul (Wise Chips aren't bad either, LOL). This
may seem counterintuitive when you're busy, but sometimes it's the
best way to rediscover meaning in your life.
According to American Express Spending & Saving Tracker 'By
the fall, people usually have eight unused vacation days and 34%
will lose them at year's end.' We are all in favor of using rather
than losing, but regardless of how much time you have, here are a
few resources: if you have a few days or a
if you don't, but
need to feel like you do.
Other ideas? Consider visiting friends or extended family,
Google your or any city's Chamber of Commerce or community paper,
or enter your city of choice at TripAdvisor.com and read reviews
for attractions, lodging options and restaurants.
And if planning a getaway seems like too much work? Think about
what would refresh you and your family most. Who cares how it
sounds to someone else. A day at an amusement park? Not answering
the phone for an entire weekend? Camping in your backyard? Banning
TV for the weekend, sleeping in or spending time with the people
who really do feed your body and soul.
Do it now before it becomes 'Urgent
and Important' (that sounds serious, doesn't it?). We're taking our
own advice, will you?
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