The weekend is the time you can catch up on work, right? Clients aren't calling, so you can just put your head down and get something actually accomplished, right? Okay, so you'll go to your kid's soccer game, but since nothing is more boring than 6-year-olds bumbling around the field, you'll catch up on your email during that. Excellent way to be productive.
Well, I'm challenging you this weekend to put the smartphone in your pocket and talk to the person next to you at the game instead of doing email (it's still boring, and no one will score anyway). Here are 10 reasons you should truly leave work behind this weekend.
1. Your brain needs a break.
Growing up, I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books from cover to cover about 8 thousand times (not exaggerating at all here). One thing that fascinated me was the description of Sundays. Pa, as a child, wasn't allowed to do anything other than sit. Laura could sometimes play with paper dolls, but only if they were already cut. Crazy, I thought, but now, I think maybe they were onto something. Their work was heavily physical. Sitting on your behind one day a week gave you a much-needed break. Our work is almost exclusively brain oriented. Just like Pa needed to rest those muscles, we need to rest our brains to have proper function the rest of the week.
2. Your spouse is important for your career.
Your spouse can have a tremendous impact on your career. Being married to the right person can really boost your potential. But, you know what is devasting to your career? Divorce. Take some time to work on the relationship with your spouse or significant other or find a significant other. If you want to succeed at work, you're much more likely to do so with a supportive spouse at your side. Your spouse won't support you if you're not supportive back.
3. Your business doesn't love you.
Even if you're the owner, there may come a day when you're unceremoniously kicked to the curb. If you're not the owner, you can be laid off at any time. Don't fool yourself into thinking your company will always be there for you. They won't be.
4. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Okay, you aren't likely to go completely insane and start killing people if you don't take a break, but remember when you used to do fun things? It's officially summer this weekend. Go do something outside. Go for a hike. Ride a bike. Go to a festival. Go to a concert. Eat an ice cream cone. Do something different.
5. Strong friendships make for a happy life.
Do you know your neighbors? If yes, invite them over for a barbecue. If you don't, invite them over for a barbecue. In today's mobile culture, you probably don't live next door to your mother-in-law. Having neighbors who you are friends with can allow you build a "family" when your family is across the country.
6. Your health is important.
When you never get any true downtime, your stress levels remain high. High stress can result in a whole host of health problems. If you want to remain (or become) healthy, you need to have down time. The weekend is a great place to start.
7. Not thinking about work can actually solve work problems.
Need a great idea? Back off the brainstorming and list making, and do something else. Don't worry-your brain is still functioning in the background. You may just come up with the next great thing while you're riding your bike.
8. You don't want to get bored with your work.
When you're bored at work, you aren't as productive and your ideas aren't as great-why should you come up with great ideas for something really boring? Well, just about everything becomes boring when you're doing it constantly. Taking some time off allows you to refresh and not get bored with your work.
9. Your mood will improve.
Are you easily irritated at everything and everybody? Leaving your work behind for two days will allow you to refresh and become more pleasant. Pleasant people are more fun to work with. If taking a break doesn't improve your mood, check with your doctor-constant irritability can be a sign of depression,
10. Your children will pick your nursing home one day.
I know, I know, how cliche. But, but they will. Wouldn't you like to have a great relationship with your children? If you're always working, you can't expect a strong relationship with them. Shut your laptop. Put your phone in your pocket, and do something with your kids-especially the teens. They may say they don't need time with mom and dad, but they do.