It is so easy to get caught up in your work, especially if you love what you do. Although it seems like fun and not work, it is very beneficial to take a break from it all every now and then. Taking yourself away just for a couple days or even a week can really help clear your head and keep you motivated.
Last week I was able to take a week off from Christmas and through New Years. Minus a few emails and submitting a video for the Canon Filmmakers Live Contest, I was work free and it felt great. I spent the time with family, my girlfriend and friends. I took my camera every where I went (you never know what may happen) but didn’t use it once. I don’t think I even opened up any of my cases. Talking of anything but work, money and schedules was great. When I went snowboarding and four wheeling I was tempted to put my rig together but it was nice to just enjoy the activity and not shoot it. I even went to the movies and tried my hardest to concentrate on the story and not how everything was framed or lit. I wasn’t too successful on that; baby steps. For those that want to know, I saw The Fighter and it was amazing. Worth the ticket price to see it now.
I noticed by the end of the week I was itching to read my favorite blog posts and see how many game changers came out. I had a motivational spike and think that is huge for the new year. I am also moving into a new apartment next week and looking forward to setting up my new office. I still love what I do and this week long break has only sparked more motivation. I have been reading more than usual on hdslr, searching more actively for freelance, and even working on ideas for a new narrative.
Taking a break from your work can be very powerful and beneficial. I was fortunate enough to have PTO built up and decided that a break was financially ok. If you have the chance to take a break do it. Be sure to do anything that you don’t do everyday. Happy New Year to you all and good luck in 2011!!!