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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Taking a step back helps

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sometimes, a person just has to get away.

It has nothing to do with the fact that someone who feels they are in this type of situation may pull another's persons head off.

The person in question just needs to get away from the regular, doldrums of every day life.

I found myself in that exact situation recently.

I noticed as I was coming to work over the past few weeks, I was increasingly tired.

I wasn't firing on all cylinders so to speak.

So, I thought it would be best to take some time off and recharge the batteries.

Boy, did it help.

I left The Times' office Wednesday afternoon and didn't get back until Sunday.

What did I do with that time off, you may ask?

As little as possible.

It's refreshing to wake up every day knowing there is nothing to do. Nothing to work on.

I didn't have to get up at 6 a.m., make the coffee, shower, etc.

I didn't have to come in Thursday morning or Friday morning and plan out the day.

No, all I had to was get a little extra sleep and nothing else.

Recharging the batteries as I said before.

It's very helpful. And everyone should take advantage of it.

I did manage to see my new niece, who was born on Valentine's Day. Talk about a great gift for my sister and brother-in-law.

Other than that, it was a four-day weekend (or in my case, since I work on Sundays, a three-day weekend) of laziness.

I caught up on a few movies, of which one was good while the other two were average at best.

I spent a lot of time just relaxing.

The news business revolves around a 24-hour cycle, making it difficult for anyone in the profession to take time off.

When you get it, however, it's like a breath of fresh air.