The island of the gods

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In just three days Holly and I will be heading off to Crete for some sun and sea. I’ve never been before, but I’ve been told it’s the island of the gods.

I can’t bloody wait.

Currently the weather’s looking to be warm but overcast. I don’t care. It’s about getting away for a few days, somewhere abroad and relaxing.

But before we go… there’s loads to do.

It’s amazing how this creeps up on you.

I still remember being able to jump on a plane and go somewhere with absolutely no planning. There was nothing that had to be done to make sure businesses still ran, dog sitters were available or babysitting had to be arranged.

Without me even realising, the preparation of going away has become a full time job!

You’ve got to make sure that all the clothes Max will need are washed, so nanny and grandma have everything. Confirm that everybody has the hospital numbers they need in case he gets ill. Move the toys, pram, books, cots, sleeping bags etc. over so they’re all ready to go.

Then we’ve got to make sure that everything BeeBee (the dog) needs is there for her.

Then I need to make sure that everything I need to do for work has been done, and everything that’s going to happen when I’m away can be done without me.

Because, for the first time in a decade, I’m not going to be doing any work while I’m on holiday.

That in itself is cause for some major excitement.

When you first start working online, one of the big selling points is that you can work from anywhere.

Heck, you see the folk selling courses about running an online business and they’re always talking about working from a beach bar or from some small island.

After all, all you need is an internet connection.

But that’s a double-edged sword, and you don’t realise it until you’ve been doing it for a number of years.

Because when you can work from anywhere, you tend to always work.

Which means you never really get a proper holiday, because working on holiday becomes part of your lifestyle.

And if you’re traveling all the time, that’s fine. But when you start settling down a bit more, it just means you work normally when you’re not on holiday, and then you still work when you’re on holiday.

So you can understand my excitement about not doing any work in a week for the first time in a decade!

With that thought in mind, I’d better go off to wash my clothes and buy some more holiday gear.

Over ‘n out,

Michael (already in holiday mode) Wilding

P.S. We’re staying in a brand new hotel on the island, I’ll let you know if it’s as good as the pictures make it out to be.

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  • tony
    May 21, 2018

    Hi Michael,

    wishing you and Holly a great holiday and look forward to the hotel review…

    The not working on holiday is a great way to not only chill out, unwind etc… but also for inspiration and deep thought about (in those moments when you can just let your mind wander) where you want and how you want your business and life to move forward and maybe even a light bulb moment or two (if you are lucky). I often find tranquility just allows my mind to wander, enabling me to resolve issues, think about where I’m going, from my perspective I do not necessarily need to be on holiday to do this but a longer break does allow your mind/body to be more effective at this. No need to take my word for it as I read not too long ago that some of the greatest minds from our world both past and present made it a mandatory for themselves to take time out, some would do for a couple of weeks, some for a month and some for several months at their own versions of a bolthole, whether it be a holiday, their own private home in an isolated area, but the main point was somewhere that they could escape from the everyday shenanigans of their working lives and solve some of their own puzzles and upon returning to the real world often implementing their changes thought out through their supposed down time resulting in life changing results for many people of the world…

    So I believe you when you say you’re so excited to be getting downtime with you and Holly and no laptop etc…. but I also believe that mind of yours will find time to stimulate your thoughts about your business/life direction during some point(s) of your Crete experience….

    Bon voyage…

    • Michael Wilding
      May 22, 2018

      Some excellent advice, thank you. I’m looking forward to letting my brain percolate on various things. 🙂

    May 21, 2018

    Have nice holiday Michael Crete reminds of the TV program I used to watch I can’t remember the name of it but was good it looks like a place to run away to and not come back nice quiet place

    • Michael Wilding
      May 22, 2018

      Thank you Derek 🙂