Take a Vacation!! – From IMC USA

Taking a vacation can do wonders for you and your consulting practice.

Consultants often get so caught up in the day to day responsibilities of maintaining and building of a successful practice that they forget to take the much- needed opportunity to relax, recharge and regroup. Taking regularly scheduled vacations can help us to avoid burn-out and reduce stress, get reconnected with our family and friends, and get back in touch with ourselves. The time away gives us a much needed break from the pressures of work so that we are able to return refreshed, re-focused and re-invigorated.

Tip: Schedule your vacation in advance and stick to the dates you have put aside for this extremely important activity. Work hard to “clear the decks” before you leave and plan to limit (or disconnect completely from) work-related communication (i.e., phone calls and e-mails), so that you can spend your vacation focusing exclusively on the “recharging of your batteries”.

P.S. – Don’t forget to provide yourself adequate “re-entry” time when you return from your vacation in order to get caught up. Refrain from scheduling any important commitments for the first few days after return. You’ll need time to catch up on e- mails, call backs, etc.

Copyright (c) 2007, Institute of Management Consultants USA
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