Motivation: Take a Look At Your Friends

You know that one friend who is always level-headed in a crisis, always seems to have the right answers, always takes care of a gazillion people and things as well as him or herself, and still gets up each day to do it all over again?

Take a moment to check in. They may not answer in words, but they’ll appreciate it.

(And if this person is you, plaster this meme where it’ll get the most notice.)

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Do you ever really leave the office at the office?

Vacation time! …and you’ve just packed your work laptop.

Sure, we may check personal email, Facebook and Twitter accounts when we’re on vacation lest we suffer from hideous withdrawal symptoms, but what about work email? Do you find yourself sneaking in “just an hour” of office catch-up when you should be cashing in on some much-needed relaxation time? 

If so, you’re not alone. Our Twitter #careerchat discussed these questions and more.

Takeaways from the chat:

  • Define your vacation priorities first: Do you want to spend more time with family, or have quiet time to work on a project?
  • If you take time off to relax, you will be more efficient and refreshed when you return.
  • If you’re constantly checking in at the office, what does that say about your team? Trust your colleagues to support you.
  • Leave emergency contact information in case something comes up—and define what an “emergency” really is!
  • As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to “switch off” when you’re always thinking about your business. But you still need a break to stay fresh and creative.

Resources:

Special thanks to: @MaggieMistal, @PaigeHolden, @Kblennon, @Austin_Curtis, @SaleStart, @CaSuPe15, @buona_vita, @DrWoody, @Careerbright and @KyleMcShane.

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How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

Adapted from my post on MyPath.