Growing up, I listened to a cassette headphone player so much, that my parents bought rechargable AA batteries to save on costs.  In order to effectively recharge the batteries, you had to play them down until they had nothing left in them.  Then you’d leave them in the charger box overnight and voila!  Freshly charged batteries.

You may have noticed that I haven’t blogged much in the past two weeks.  That’s because I was recharging my batteries by taking some time off.

It’s not because I don’t like blogging.  In fact, I was still writing articles for external sites like the Change Blog last week.  However, when I tried to sit down and do a blog for Fellowstream, my mind just went blank.  I felt drained and everything that came from my fingertips felt forced.  What usually takes me about an hour to write down, stretched out into several, and it was worse than my normal quality.  Quite simply, I felt drained.

So instead of fighting it and writing crappy content, I decided to shelve the Fellowstream blog for a week.  I told myself I wouldn’t try to write anything else until today.  And surprisingly, what happened during my forced absence is that I came up with a bunch of topics I wanted to write about.  Making the decision to not write made me more efficient at thinking about writing, so now, coming back to the blog this week, I feel energized and ready to pick up 2-3 blogs per week, my normal pace.

It’s not unprofessional to need to take a break from your profession for a while.  Remember that the next time you see someone who has been crunching on your projects.  Taking an extended absence from doing the same grind might be just the thing to recharge your batteries.

-Deborah Fike

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