4 Tips for Taking Time Off

Is it even possible to take a break from work?

God made us to work, but he also designed us to rest. That first part I do pretty well . . . but that second part? To be honest, for me it's a challenge. What about you? How are you at taking a break? And do we even need breaks?

Yes! We do. We most definitely do.

The (real) rest we need

Breaks from work not only help us maintain our health, sanity, and relationships, but they make us better at our jobs. Furthermore, God ordained rest. One of the first things we learn in the Bible about God is that he worked, then rested (Genesis 2:1–3). In the same way, God made our bodies to require sleep and our souls to require quiet reflection.

I'm talking real time off here, ladies. There's no such thing as a "working vacation"—that's just work, in a different location!

There's no such thing as a 'working vacation'—that's just work, in a different location!

If you have limited time off like me, you really need to make it count. But it's not always as simple as marking your calendar and setting your "out of office" automated e-mail reply (although those things do help). You can't control everything and there's always a chance that a true work "emergency" could crop up while you're on vacation that necessitates your attention. That said, not every work problem is an emergency—not even the urgent ones. Not every work problem needs your attention. You need to be able to distinguish between the two, and so do the people on your team.

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Diane Paddison

Diane Paddison is a business professional and founder of 4wordwomen.org, local groups of professional working women committed to faith, family, work, and each other.

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