When was the last time you went to a movie in the middle of a work week, in the middle of day, for no other reason than you wanted to?
Now, if you work for someone else – doing something like this could cause some problems. But it you are self-employed, it might be something to consider.

Today (Thursday) at 11:55 a.m. I forwarded our phones to the answering service and Jim and I left the VoiceActing Academy and went to the movies. We saw Star Trek. Now, I’d seen it the week before with my hubby, but being the self-proclaimed “Trekkie” that I am, I was all for seeing it again. We bought popcorn and drinks and even a package of candy and settled back in our seats to enjoy pure entertainment for the next 2 hours. It was wonderful.

Did we have work to do back at the office? Of course. Did we feel guilty about sneaking away to enjoy a few hours of entertainment in the middle of the day? Not one little bit!

As entrepreneurs, we sometimes feel we are obligated to work on our business 24/7. I know that very often I’ll work all day here at the studio and then most of the evening I’ll work on my laptop while I’m watching TV with my husband (which he hates, I might add). But there’s just SO much work to do!!

So, here’s a suggestion for you.

TAKE A COUPLE OF HOURS OFF.

Just pick something you’d really like to do for a couple of hours – put the answering machine on and DO IT! It might be a movie, or a manicure, or a massage, or playing with your kids in the park, hitting a bucket of golf balls, or going for a long walk. Just make it something you will really enjoy. Put it on your calendar and plan a day for it. This "movie day" has been on our calendar for the last week and I had it to look forward to for all that time.

You’ll find that when you return from whatever you’ve decided to do you will feel re-charged and in a much better frame of mind. I promise you that your business will not dissolve if you leave for a couple of hours.

Today I am very grateful we went to see Star Trek. Not only did I get to experience a movie I really like with a good friend, relax and leave my work behind for a while – but the popcorn was really yummy!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Hugs,

Penny

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Comment by Penny Abshire on May 23, 2009 at 12:16pm
Definitely leave that mic at home! You'll find you come back refreshed and ready to take on the world!!! Have a great time in the islands - you lucky duck!

Hugs,

Penny
Comment by Melanie Haynes on May 23, 2009 at 12:06am
Good for you! I've gotten worse and worse about taking any time away during the day.....so afraid I'll miss something or get behind in meeting all my deadlines! I haven't taken extended time away from my studio for over a year, either. However, an opportunity arose this week that I couldn't refuse and I'll be going to Hawaii for a little over a week in July. Will I take a "travel" mic, etc.? No. (although it did cross my mind) I really need a vacation and time off work whether I want it or not! :)

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