It’s time for a break.
Since I launched my own consulting and coaching business nearly 3 years ago, it’s been the rare, rare day that I’ve truly disconnected.
With the exception of the odd half/day here and there when we were camping and off the grid, I’d always keep an eye on email. Even when we were out of a signal, if we went into town, I’d check in.
I’m not proud of that. I’ve long been an advocate for TRULY disconnecting and taking time off–that we’re better when we recharge.
But as any solopreneur will tell you, between the focus you have on your clients and your need to keep your pipeline full, the pressure to NOT go offline can be intense.
To be fair, my clients have always been 100% willing to work with me when I have been out-of-pocket. That’s because we have a strong partnership.
My personal issue, as I’ve often said about myself, is that I’m an inherently lazy person with an exceptionally high level of self-accountability. So even when I intend to disconnect, I … don’t.
We know that we are more likely to achieve our goals when we not only set them but also share them. So here is mine.
Tomorrow I leave for 6 days in Mexico on a yoga and SUP retreat. There MAY be a cell signal. The wifi is not pervasive and not strong.
My intention that I am putting out is that I WILL go offline for these 6 days. I’ll still keep my phone on so that I can get texts from my husband as he manages the puppy (or maybe I shouldn’t?). But I’ll turn the email notification counter off, and I won’t check my work email.
I also won’t be on LinkedIn (or any social media). As much as I enjoy the community here, a short break will be good. And I don’t have someone I pay to post and engage on my behalf — everything I write on here is 100% from me.
I’m sure I’ll get dinged by the LinkedIn algorithm gods for not being on and posting / reacting / commenting. Oh well. It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to consider that. I’m willing to take the risk.
I look forward to re-engaging with this community when I’m back, with fresh energy and perspective. I’m sure I’ll have some stories with leadership metaphors to share.
For those in the US, have a restful holiday weekend, and to everyone, have a great week! And when I’m back, if you’d like to connect, contact me here!