Wow… We are already a week or so into the new year. Time sure does seem to fly, especially as we get older. Hopefully, everyone reading this had a great 2022 and is looking forward to bigger and better things in 2023 (and putting the pandemic firmly in the rearview mirror)!
What are your best memories when you look back at 2022? One could argue that good experiences and memories are priceless. Did you spend as much time as you wanted to with friends and family? Did you leave unused vacation time on the table last year? Do you feel energized and ready to seize the moment in 2023?
We only have a limited number of years on this earth, and tomorrow is certainly not assured for any of us. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that as we age, we may not be able to do all of things we could do when we were young. When was the last time you took some time off for yourself to just relax and catch your breath? How about starting a new hobby? To spend some time with your spouse or partner? Or time with the kids? Or if your financial situation allows for it, a trip somewhere fun?
Over the years you may have noticed that, friends, family, colleagues, and clients often tend to put time off and vacations on the low end of the priority list. The reasons for this are typically good, and certainly can be justified… work is just too busy, not enough money to go anywhere, etc.
We all know the bills must be paid. We also know how important it is to continue to set aside money for unforeseen emergencies and long term goals like kid's education and retirement. However, striving to strike a balance between work and taking time off may ultimately help you to improve your productivity, motivation, and health while at the same time allowing you to live a more fulfilling life.
As we start 2023, consider making a concerted effort to take advantage of the time off you have available to you. It is important for you to try and find a work life balance that is sustainable. This is certainly, no easy task, but if you can find that balance, you will be more productive in your job, and you will have more time to create great lasting memories with friends and family!