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Aug 18, 201412:58 PMThe Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to get out of overload mode

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A business friend of mine recently returned from a “mini retreat” where all electronic devices were completely turned off or put away. The goal was to have three days away from the “overload” that seems to follow this person all day long, both at work and at home.

This very busy professional always seems to be racing from one function to another, never having time during the workweek to wind down. Many folks in today’s fast-lane business environment find themselves in that same “overload mode.” Everyone knows someone in this situation.

My friend asked me not to reveal anything about him/her because he/she is trying to enjoy the benefits of a calmer, more peaceful existence for as long as possible. He/she doesn’t want to be invited to take on other projects just because he/she is presumed to be refreshed and rested. This person’s secret is safe with me. He/she is truly refreshed and rested and says a valuable lesson has been learned: There is not enough time in one’s life to do everything that comes down the pike, but there is enough time to do everything that needs to be done if one takes time to enjoy living.

I am reminded of another business friend who has a beautiful retreat a couple of hours from the bustling city center where he/she works. This very popular, and very generous, businessperson thrives in this retreat setting, but he/she does not get much alone time there because this person is so very caring and sharing, friends, family, and business acquaintances are usually included in weekend trips. There is not a lot of time for this person to unwind — to become centered before returning to the daily race that begins early each Monday morning.


Aug 26, 2014 09:43 am
 Posted by  Linda Abbott

Great post Donna! We do need to find time to truly get away. I just took my first vacation in more than 10 years where I didn't read email/texts, and I was really able to relax, it was wonderful! Compare that to a few years ago when reading an email lead to a work assignment that devoured two days of my vacation. Setting boundaries, learning how to graciously say no are essential to our personal and professional health and well-being.

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