Taking Time Off is More Helpful Than You Think!

I love YouTube and the idea of being able to create videos and upload them to a platform where I can share my experiences. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and have been fortunate enough to make this my full time job. If you’re an entrepreneur, you know how much time and dedication it takes to run your own business. The more you put into it, the better the results. I’ve been doing this for 3 years now and during that time I’ve barely had a chance to take a vacation. Sure, I’d go away with the family but I’d pack my gear and record videos wherever we landed.

This time it’s different. I brought my gear but I haven’t filmed anything. I decided I’m going to film what I need before I leave and truly do nothing but spend time with my family. The gear would only be used to record family memories. I’ve kept true to my word for the most part. The video camera is still in the bag. However, I have recorded a bunch of footage of the resort using my smartphone. I plan to create a video review of the resort we stayed at on our family YouTube channel. But that’s the extent of work that has been done. No editing video, no tech reviewed, just rest and relaxation.

I’m 5 days in now, I’m itching to work and there’s only so much sitting and relaxing I can do. I always need to be doing something even if it’s as simple as watching a movie. Life’s too short to just sit and tan. Now I know a lot of you will say  ‘but you’re on vacation’.  Spending time with your family and bonding with your kids is important. I get it, I have and I do, but I love work. I love making videos and I love talking to you guys. The awesome people who read my posts, the fantastic community we’ve created on YouTube and my Instagram family. I’m an addict.

Every business podcast or self help motivation book always tells you to put in the work. Work 16 hour days and that success will follow. The problem is they never talk about taking time off and how beneficial it can be for creativity, self-esteem and personal sanity. I realized that it’s ok to do nothing every once in awhile. In fact, I recommend you schedule some nothing time every 6 months. Now when I mean nothing I don’t mean just sit at home and play video games, but take a day or two off and go somewhere out of your element. If that’s not possible, do something that’s not part of your routine. Something that takes you away from the normal day-to-day.

For me it was visiting Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Not only did I remove myself from the snowy, cold depressing weather of Toronto, Canada, but I placed myself in a new space that helps foster new ideas. I read two great books (links below) that provided some fantastic insight to help better connect with you. Plus, when you read a book that’s not typical to the field you represent (for me tech), the imagination wonders. New ideas are created and I now have a full list of fantastic ideas that I plan to execute.

I don’t know why I’m writing this, maybe I’m just itching to do something productive or perhaps a blog post is the proper medium for me to talk about this stuff. Either way, maybe this will help someone out there who’s been working hard and needs to get the creative juices flowing again. If you read this, do you want to see more personal posts like this in the near future? Thanks for all your support!

Books I read:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK – http://geni.us/FfZAg7u

Crushing IT – http://geni.us/BE0OXO

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