It's always good to take holiday time to review, recharge and recalibrate. Everyone needs downtime.
It would be nice to be able to regularly schedule a "Reading Week" like Bill Gates was famous for, but that's not always easy or possible. Maybe a "Reading Day" is what's in store for this holiday period.
It's good to keep things as simple as possible when you've got limited time. For me, that means going back and revisiting Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions:
- What is our mission?
- Who is our customer?
- What does the customer value?
- What are our results?
- What is our plan?
And I do this by keeping in mind what Drucker considered planning:
"Planning is not an event. It is the continuous process of strengthening what works and abandoning what does not, of making risk-taking decisions with the greatest knowledge of their potential effect, of setting objectives, appraising performance and results through systematic feedback, and making ongoing adjustments as conditions change."
It all seems so straightforward when you see it in black and white. One of the toughest challenges is being focused and vigilant on maintaining that simplicity.
It's simple, it just isn't easy.