Two weeks. Two whole weeks. Away. In the mountains, fresh air, sunshine, beauty. With my lovely family. Nothing beats it.
I want to shout from the rooftops the value of taking a two-week break. I had an amazing trip with my husband and two daughters of seven and nine, ‘playing’ in the Dolomites in Italy. It’s a beautiful part of the world (also good for the soul) and the adventures you find in the mountains (biking, via ferrata, wild swimming, climbing, as well as the odd adventure with a Negroni or Aperol Spritz) help a busy mind keep busy with stuff other than work.
I have come back refreshed and energised, far more focused in my thinking than I was before I went away. I have a huge list of to-dos (as we all do), but rather than sweeping the things I don’t want to do to the bottom of the list, a break from the everyday has enabled me to come back wanting to tackle the challenging stuff and get things done.
Two weeks of adventure gives you time to think, to look at the bigger picture and, as a leader, look at the priorities to drive your business forward. Here at theblueballroom, we’re lucky enough to get a hugely generous holiday allowance allowing us all to take time off, to travel, decorate, to see friends and family. To my lovely team, a message sent with love, try and take two weeks off at one time every year. It will do you so much good.