Did you forget to take a break?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Pareto Realty TN #251071

Now that you’ve taken care of everyone else . . .

What have you done for yourself recently?

Last week, I treated myself to a week on Cape Cod with my Family.

I arrived Friday Evening, and this is the first photo I snapped from our waterfront deck.

I intentionally insulated this experience by completely unplugging from all technological communication other than taking photos. On the first day, this was not easy. I found myself thinking dangerous thoughts about all of the mayhem that would likely ensue as a result of my absence from the biz. Upon waking Tuesday morning, I resisted the HUGE sense of “responsibility” I felt and suppressed my urge to check in with the business world.

How could I be so irresponsible as vacate my post as CEO and Principal Broker of a thriving Real Estate firm? I felt AWOL and was certain there would be unconscionable repercussions.

Guess what?

I’m back in the office this week, and I’m not sure anyone missed me while I was gone.

There’s a right way to take time off.

Don’t try doing it on the sly!

Don’t apologize or make excuses!

DO get someone in the office to cover any calls while you’re gone!

DO tell all of your clients when you will be gone and when you will return (No obligation to disclose where you are going).

Bottom line: If you’re going on vacation, go on vacation . . . no strings attached.

You deserve this!


You DO!


Posted byBarry OwenJune 26, 2019Posted inConsumer BlogLife Rhythm WayPareto RealtyReal Estate ProfessionalsTags:EditDid you forget to take a break?

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So totally agree with you. Glad you did this for yourself, it will have allowed you to re-energize yourself and recharge your batteries. Sound like you prepared well for it and now you are back you can focus afresh.

Jun 26, 2019 11:25 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make excellent points, Barry.  I have always suffered a little bit of guilt when I went on vacation. It isn't only with business being left to someone else, but the care of my home and pet cats, who I leave to the care of my son.

Jun 26, 2019 11:57 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Barry- good for you and hope that you enjoyed your trip! Years ago when I managed a staffing office, Larry had to drag me away on vacation. I was worried that things would fall apart in my absence. He gave me some excellent advice which was if you can't be gone for a week without your office falling apart then you're doing something wrong that has nothing to do with your being gone. 

Jun 26, 2019 06:48 PM #3
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wise advice. A relative of mine used to say "You don't need to tell everything you know." That goes for not telling people WHY you'll be away.  It really isn't their business.

Jun 26, 2019 07:48 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Good for you, Barry. I love Cape Cod and we used to vacation regularly, and then enjoyed our beach homes in Brewster, then Wellfleet, when we lived in Boston. Such fond memories.

Good message here...it's always interesting how things do NOT fall apart when we are away.

I am looking forward to a trip in July, and another in September.


Jun 26, 2019 08:35 PM #5
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Totally agree except reward yourself more with additional vacations during the year. Best time is January, July and December. Best time for me  is one week in January and July plus 2 weeks in December.

Plan your vacations early and book your flights and hotels so you're committed to taking the time off, no excuses. I've discovered my performance level increases dramatically after taking vacations. 

Jun 26, 2019 11:08 PM #6
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Cruises with no internet plan work for me! Hope you had a great time.

Jun 27, 2019 04:56 AM #7
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I've always wanted to visit Cape Cod and/or Marthas Vineyard. Beach vacations can be so relaxing!!!  Good for you to get away !

Jun 27, 2019 12:17 PM #8
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