If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race. ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Anyone who has ever led a group, owned a business, or worked on a job has felt overwhelmed and in need of a break at some point. Human beings that we are, we cannot work 24/7 and be efficient during all of that time. The resulting stress manifests itself in the form of illness, lack of sleep, missed opportunities with friends and family, and just general unhappiness. We must break, or be broken.

Yes,  you must set goals and work on fulfilling them. No business can be successful without constantly driving towards a mission. But when you sit down an plan out your year be kind to yourself and allow for breaks, remembering not only to give yourself that ‘yearly’ vacation but also planning time into each month and each week. Maybe even on a daily basis if you can allow yourself that respite. For those of us workaholic types whose to-do lists never stop growing this can be almost as much of a challenge as completing those to-do list tasks. And sometimes it feels like the internal beating we gives ourselves for allowing non-productive time to weasel its way into our work day just isn’t worth it.

Give back to yourself. Wait until tomorrow to send that e-mail. Don’t compose that blog post. Call your customers another day. Work will never disappear, but your life will some day expire.