It has been a crazy week here for me. I think when I get back from vacation I should have some exciting news and plenty to talk about!
On the Importance of Down Time
The wife and I leave tomorrow on our yearly trip to the Bahamas. I like to go away this time of year because when I get back the weather has usually turned for the better for keeps in Massachusetts and a Caribbean trip is just the ticket to shake off lingering effects of winter.
An overlooked part of investing, working, and every part of one's life is down time. Taking a break allows the mind to fully recharge and make sense of the jumble of thoughts, memories, and worries stored up there. In the hustle and flow of everyday life it's a rare thing to have a quiet time to collect myself.
When I go on vacation I have really no connection to the "world". I get a Miami USA Today delivered in the morning, but I only read the sports section. No smart phone, no computer. No television This is a key point. You cannot really be "away" if you can get access. It's a fact.
When I used to play chess all the time, I would often have my very best games on the first game I played upon returning from vacation. A rested mind is a sharp mind. Your mind is in charge of all kinds of stuff, it needs a rest too. It may even thank you for it by growing and working better after (results MAY vary!).
Try not to miss me too much, I shall return. Until then, have a good week.