Clear Vision’s Managing Director shares his recent experiences as a business owner.

The last few months at Clear Vision have been extremely busy, with many changes to manage, including welcoming new team members and new clients.

My first real break of the year was planned for the last week of the Easter holidays and would see another visit to a Shepherd’s Hut. It was almost a year to the day I last stayed in a Shepherd’s Hut in Snowdonia. This time the location was Dorset.

Did the farting dog come I hear you ask?! If you read my blog last year, you’ll certainly remember her.  More on her later…

My aim for this break was to reset both mentally and physically, discover fresh perspectives on work and other projects, and find clarity on a persistent problem.

I felt this was a reasonable aim, even with my seven-year-old son Stanley in tow.

I knew my experiences of the last few months were going to mean I would find it difficult to give myself permission to have the downtime I so much needed. I struggle to do this at home, but a physical location change would surely help?

As the photos above show, I couldn’t fault the physical location which provided a good basis for my objectives to be achieved.

Nevertheless, as I threw myself into reading, walks, football and den building with my son, I found myself distracted by an inner voice.

You may recognise it – it’s the one that says you shouldn’t be taking time out and need to keep on working in fear of diminishing your performance and results.

So often during these precious moments with Stanley, I found myself working to challenge the inner voice to live in the moment and enjoy our time together.

Does this struggle resonate with you? Do you always feel compelled to be available too? Why do you think this happens?

If you weren’t available what would happen or what is your inner voice telling you would happen?

I would be interested to hear your experiences and thoughts on this.

The key learning point I came away with, was to not associate busyness with importance.

Being busy and having a demanding schedule, even one that exists in your head, can support a positive story of achievement and self-fulfilment, but at what cost?

This break was not the break I thought it would be.

Yes I had stepped out of my workplace, but had it helped me to recharge in the way I had hoped? I certainly have more clarity on how I need to prepare myself for my next break.

For me, a daily rest habit is required to protect my wellbeing and resilience, rather than letting my energy levels drop to the point where I am running on reserves. It’s too much to expect a week away here and there to replenish my energy ‘tank’ right from empty.

I will cherish the break with Stanley and the memories we shared, but my presence could have been better, as could my thinking and choices.

As for the farting dog?

She was there too and didn’t disappoint, contributing to the ambience and alerting my senses! 😊

Some final thoughts for you to consider:

  • Do you make the most of your breaks?
  • Are you managing your inner voice?

If not, I urge you to consider your own strategy for relaxation, so you can cherish the time you have away from the workplace with family and friends (and farting dogs).

Matthew Rogers FCCA
Managing Director
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