As stated in a previous post of mine, I am far from a shining example what a good work-life balance is.
This past weekend I headed down to Portland for a course. It was the first time in five years I travelled alone and let me tell you, I enjoyed it.
The weekend was packed full of lectures and workouts, and there was by no means a lot of down time, but just the fact that I was in a different city with nothing else to really do was kind of a nice thing.
That being said, I spent most of my time still working on programming and client management. The fact that I was alone and on my own schedule was something fairly foreign to me.
Even though I have a flexible schedule and am able to take as much time to myself as I wish, I struggle to schedule time for myself, and truthfully I think I always will.
It gave light to the fact that even a few hours a week of "Tom time" can go a long way. Heck, I might even go back again next year just for shits and giggles. I loved the area and my hotel was pretty awesome.
As far as how to gain that perspective more often here at home—as stated in a previous post—my plan for increasing "Tom time" this summer is to purchase a paddle board and spend some mornings or afternoons out on the water. I'm looking forward to having a few hours where I can be alone with my thoughts and simply enjoy the peacefulness of nothing.
I hope everyone in our community has their "thing" that they can use to reset.