I’ve just returned from a trip to Europe where I experienced beaches, history, art, food, friends, and wine. Oh, and lots of gelato. In returning home, I realize that getting some distance from my life and my business has improved my focus and my vision.
This trip was the first time in 9 years that I disconnected from my business. Sure, I’ve enjoyed weekends off and family vacations with the kids – but I was always thinking about the business, or talking about it. I finished a presentation on my laptop while my husband drove us down the 401 to Niagara Falls, with the kids singing in the backseats. There are photos of me in the grass by the shore in PEI with that laptop balanced in the only spot where I could get internet access. I was away, I was having a good time, but a part of me was still working.
Since working on my business has always been so much fun, it never seemed like a problem. I never minded.
During this trip to Europe I totally disconnected. No internet access, no emails, no Twitter, no Facebook. For the first few days I’d have an idea or wonder about something and automatically reach for my iPhone to make a note or search Google. I had the feeling that something was missing, and I kept checking my pockets.
Then I really relaxed into the moment and just let go. We didn’t talk about the business for 12 days (which is 11.5 days longer than usual). We enjoyed every experience and sunset and flavour of gelato.
Getting this distance and time away has sharpened my focus. Having a total break from the day to day has improved my ability to see where I really need to spend my time. I won’t wait another 9 years to get some distance. And I certainly won’t wait that long for gelato.