Time Off for Reflection, Regrouping and Prioritizing

candlesI am taking the next two weeks off. Your regularly scheduled blog posts will resume on January 4th 2010. Why?

The short version – It’s the holidays, things are slow and it’s always good to take a break.

The long version – I need time to regroup and realign my priorities.  Lately I’ve been scrambling like mad to keep up, I feel like I’m letting everyone around me down, including me. There are emails I haven’t returned, emails I haven’t written. I feel disconnected from my friends on Twitter and Facebook. Work takes up a large part of my personal time. I’m beginning to feel a little dazed and confused, like I’ll never be caught up. This is a red flag for me, time to take two steps back and regroup. I was already considering it when I downloaded What Matters Now from Seth’s blog. As I read through it this week so many passages struck a chord, professionally and personally. It confirmed what I was already thinking, I need to pause and regroup.

I am publicly declaring my holiday for two reason, the first so regular readers will know I haven’t disappeared, I haven’t run out of things to say (never!) and I will be back.  Second, publically declaring it will help me stick to my plan, I’m not going anywhere so nothing external will change, but I need to slow down and take a breathe. That means no feedreader (and when I get back they ALL get marked as read), a more personal focus on Twitter and Facebook. It will be hard not to click on links posted by others so I may have to give up Twitter too. Disconnecting will be hard, but I also know how much I need it. The end of the year is a perfect time for reflection and regrouping, though I don’t do New Years resolutions.

So what will I be doing? reflecting, prioritizing, hopefully recharging, clearing my head, goal setting, deciding on boundaries and limits, reading, writing and thinking. So I leave you with these things to ponder for the next two weeks between turkey and presents and confetti and champagne

From What Matters Now:

  • “…constantly we fear we are not doing enough.”- Ease, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “The echo chamber we’re building is getting larger and louder.” – Connected, Howard Mann
  • “Leadership is more than influence. It is about reminding people of what it is we are trying to build – and why it matters.” – Vision, Michael Hyatt
  • “Be honest, be authentic, and speak from your passion.” – Speaking, Mark Hurst
  • “Just because you win a hand doesn’t mean you’re good and you don’t have more learning to do.” – Poker, Tony Hsiech
  • “…the ability to draw lines and boundaries within which we protect and preserve the mental and emotional space to do our work and to be true to ourselves.”  Tough-mindedness, Steven Pressfield
  • ” You are immortal. The result of everything you do today will last forever.” Forever, Piers Fawkes
  • “What IS working, today, and how can we do more of it?” Change, Chip and Dan Heath
  • “Forget about working on your weakness -> focus on supporting your strengths.” Most, William C. Taylor

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4 comments for “Time Off for Reflection, Regrouping and Prioritizing

  1. December 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I am doing the same, but I became overwhelemd a few weeks ago. You expressed how I am feeling better than I did! http://archipelagoblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/turning-off-again.html Happy New Year!

  2. December 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Good for you! I do this periodically too. I don’t really blog anymore so that’s not an issue really, but I give up Twitter/Facebook/RSS, even email and reading the news for short time. Happy Holidays and Merry Regrouping. :-)

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