Have you worked yourself to the bone this year?

exhausted womanAs bookings are beginning to come in for 2014, I’m now thinking when I want to take some time off.  Last year, as in previous years, I worked non-stop in July and felt totally exhausted by early August, and vowed I wouldn’t do that again, so for 2014, I’m taking 3 days off in the middle of the week, in the middle of July.

What?  Am I mad?  Well, maybe, maybe not…….

An old mentor of mine, Roger Hamlton wrote a book called Wink and Grow Rich, and in it he shares concepts about living a rich life, and one of the concepts has always stuck in my mind.  “You make more progress when you take the oar out of the water, than when the oar is in the water”  What does that mean?

rowing a boatHave you ever rowed a rowing boat?  You put the oar in the water, and a huge effort is needed to push through the water, and then you pull it back while the boat continues to move. It’s that rest period between the strokes that the boar moves the most and the easiest.  Without that rest period, you’d be constantly pushing, and very soon, you’d run out of energy, and the boat would stop moving.  Does this sound like you in your B&B business?  I used to do this too, until I learned.

Rest and relaxation is crucial to living a rich life, and I’m not just talking about making money.  Just as sleep is necessary to rest from awake time, recuperation is necessary to activity time, and the longer the activity time, the longer the recuperation time.  Minor ailments take less time to heal than major ailments such as a heart attack.  The trees and plants in nature take time to pull back, rest and recuperate before the next big burst of energy in the spring.

The more we can live in harmony with the natural order of things, the easier life becomes.  Don’t get sucked into thinking that you have to be working 24/7, 7/7, 365/365.  Take some time to think about your own life in 2014 and how you want it to look and feel, and make some changes if it feels good to you.  No-one can tell you what to do, you don’t need permission to take some time off, even if you are in the busy season.

we are closedI learned this from the French.  Restaurants close at least one day per week, and often two.  Shops close at lunchtime and on Sundays, hotels often close for two weeks in August.  The French really know how to live, and I’ve learned to go with that flow.

Life was not meant to be a struggle.  Make it easy on yourself, despite what everyone else is doing.

What do you think?  I’d love to know, so please post a comment below 😉  Thank you