Eat Your Broccoli and Go to the Beach
Anita Sharpe on Creativity
For most of my career, I have taken very few vacations. If I ever took a two-week, back-to-back break, I don't recall it. And like many people, I have used this as a bragging point.
Not long ago, as a new investor in Worthwhile was filling out the paperwork, I mentioned how few vacations I take. She momentarily stopped writing: 'I don't invest in people who don't take breaks. It's the same as not eating right or not exercising.'
She's right, and I'm about to take my first break in years that is more than a long weekend. Soon, I plan to work up to a full week -- maybe even two.
I must confess, in our working culture of 'eat lunch, be lunch,' writing this feels a little weird. But as Fortune points out in a current column: 'With innovation now our main competitive strength, creativity is crucial for anyone who wants to move up. But it's really, really hard, if not impossible, for the human brain to come up with fresh new ideas when its owner is overworked, overtired, and stressed out.'
What are your thoughts on the perfect number of breaks -- during the year and during the day? What constitutes a real break?