Running on empty

16 September 2010
Alison Smith, procurement professional and life coach and Supply Management guest bloggerI was listening to the radio yesterday and the person speaking said: “My boss rang me in Asda, and then in the bath.” Of course, this isn’t strictly accurate. It’s unlikely they would have been able to answer the phone in the bath without getting out first, but the point is they chose to answer the call anyway. I have recently been away on holiday, and the question of “Do I take my laptop or BlackBerry?” was raised once again. For me there was not much debate, I simply did not take either. But to others my decision would be inconceivable. Why do so many of us get so agitated even thinking about doing this?
If you were a car (and I imagine I would be a bright comfortable BMW convertible) I’d want to be well maintained and sent for a regular service. I would hope the owner wouldn’t wait to do this until I broke down on the motorway, and wouldn’t run the engine continually for weeks and months at a time. The reasons many take work on holiday with them are numerous – and yet not many stand much scrutiny. •    Putting other’s needs ahead of our own •    Believing no one else can do it •    Believing it can’t wait •    Fear - of a whole load of things •    Inability to relax (see fear above) Or even: •    I’ll have too much work to do when I get back! If we support these reasons and continue to make ourselves available 24/7, don’t be surprised if, just like the car, you end up blowing a gasket.
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