Having pushed ourselves for most of the year to date it is perhaps natural that at this point we turn our attention to shutting up shop to take a break.
Ideally, we will have already reached our annual targets and consolidated our position for a strong showing anew next year. Right now, rather than running ourselves into the ground, shutting up shop to take a break might seem a sensible option to take up.
A period of rest and recuperation is possibly a form of reward for all we have achieved over the past twelve months. Without suggesting we should close down our activities completely for an extended time, a few days off will surely hurt nobody as we at least recharge our batteries fully.
The idea of shutting up shop to take a break could shock some folk, especially those not used to operating at anything less than full pelt. That said, there are occasions a moment of downtime can be the most productive action to undertake for the sake and benefit of future ongoing success.
We need not feel guilty about shutting up shop to take a break. Enjoying a quiet time to catch our breath, may also be considered a form of working. Without being able to offer our best self after the break the business will suffer. Shutting up shop to take a break is, therefore, more than symbolic. It is also strategic.
Not wishing to labour the point, particularly if you are in the process of shutting up shop to take a break, I will pause now.
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