I am taking the next two days off. I've promised myself that I will not do any work-related activity.
My mini-vacation hasn't even started and it's already killing me.
Sounds crazy, I know. Seems like it should be easy to take time off. My business has been dead-in-the-water since April, and now it is clear that it will be that way for months and months to come.
I literally have all the time in the world to NOT work. And yet I have worked every single day since COVID hit — 4 straight months. Sure, some days I "work" only a few hours. But as any business owner knows, you never really stop working because your to-do list could fill a filing cabinet, and even if you were to get to the end of it, you never EVER stop thinking about your business.
Multiply that 10X when your business is beat up, bleeding, and dying on the side of the COVID highway.
The feeling that there is more to do — more you CAN do, more you SHOULD do, more that you DESPERATELY NEED to do — never goes away.
If you think I'm being dramatic, tell the next business owner you talk to to just "let go" of those feelings, then prepare yourself. They will likely laugh in your face.
So, yeah, taking two days off is beyond stressful.
And exactly what I need the most right now.
See you on the other side.