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Are you tempted to play hooky, take off on a whim and just do something for fun? Do you have cabin fever in a big way? What's the problem? After all, isn't life balance what we're all striving for? Why not get the heck out of Dodge without needing some big compelling reason?
You might be right. Your inner child might be whispering in your ear that it's time to pull a Ferris Bueller, although you didn't read it here that you should feign nausea, moan and groan for the sake of a paid day off. But have you considered that your desire to get out and recreate might have something else attached to it?
A mentor from a long time ago said that most of your actions can be categorized in one of two ways: tension relieving or goal achieving. You're either focused on the long view right now or you aren't. At the time that she said that, she was not without an agenda - she wanted more people to produce more. It was her job, and the targets of her comment found themselves feeling a bit defensive. But her point was valid and simple: you are either actively engaged in achieving your goals or you're not.
If you're tempted to play hooky, to take off on impulse, consider this:
If you find yourself engaging in a lot of tension relieving activities like playing hooky, perhaps it's a better idea to uncover the reason for the tension and deal with that. Otherwise, when you get back on the job, back home, back into the routine the tension will return, and if it's related to a deadline you'll have even less time to complete it than you did before you left.
Leadership guru Stephen Covey calls recreation and rest a quadrant two activity. That means that it is important, but not urgent. You have to choose to allocate time and resources to do it. But if the temporary relaxation costs too much later, maybe there's a better way than playing hooky to get the R & R that you need to maintain your full production capacity.