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Out of Our Minds
Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:35 PM
Take That Vacation? Yes or No
Anita Sharpe on Business

If all hell is breaking loose at your office or in your industry, should you postpone your long-awaited break? British Prime Minister Tony Blair is proceeding with his planned holiday, despite this month's bombings and almost-hourly breaks in the case. After all, he told reporters, if the situation really heats up, he can always come back.

Personally, I'm in Blair's camp. Vacations are like kids -- if you have a lot going on in your career, there is never a perfect time to have one. But without breaks, we become ineffectual dullards. What do you think?


3 comments

martin - 7/29/2005 8:54:26 AM
This is really timely. My wife and business partner have both cornered me (independent of each other) and informed me to take a vacation. I thought I had but in truth had not. (Apparently a few half days and one long weekend don't count.) I'm fortunate to do what I love, but without a break from my professional passion, I become too damn annoying to those around me.

Dullard may be a bit too strong a word but without taking time off I know I become someone to avoid.

Janet Auty-Carlisle - 7/28/2005 10:40:48 PM
Hmmm,
this issue seems to be cropping up on here a lot lately...perhaps vacations are due.
I for one think that everyBODY needs a time out to rejuvenate and reflect.
We are not machines. We can't just add a little oil to the mix when it gets bad and think things will be ok in the morning.
Unless of course, it is tanning oil and it is being liberally applied while at a beach!
Take the holiday. I saw Tony Blair on the news tonight and he looked exhausted. I don't want somebody like that running my business!
Living la vida fearless...are you?
www.tobeyourbest.net
Jan
Eric Sohn - 7/28/2005 9:01:42 PM
There is perception, and then there is reality. Reality is, yes, Blair can come back on a moment's notice. Perception, however, is that the head of state is taking it easy when everyone else is on edge.

In general, though, you need vacations - just like you need sleep. If work or life is always a crisis, you don't need a vacation - you need a new job or life.

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