Apologies to those of you who read the blog every day! I have been feeling under the weather since last Thursday and yesterday was one of my first days where I felt somewhat better.
This was a blessing because it was my birthday and I really would have hated to be in bed sick on my birthday!
One thing I was reminded of though in all of this is the importance of rest. When I first got sick, I pushed really hard trying to get everything done and stayed up late. I got worse and worse, until finally I had to make the conscious choice to let my work go for a bit and just get some sleep.
It would figure it would take something like getting sick to crystallize this for me, but here it is:
Whatever deadline you're under, whoever you're trying to beat to market, and whatever deal you're trying to close will not matter if you can't make the meeting because you've made yourself sick. I'm going to tell all of you the same thing people have been telling me for years, but am often too stubborn to listen to:
Take time for yourself and rest. You'd be amazed at what it can do. My little hiatus has yielded four new job offers for consulting based on word of mouth from others. If you put the pieces in place, the machine will still work when you're not there. Trust me.
So if you're feeling harried today, take a second to think about where you can get a moment to yourself. I highly recommend them.