William Liao

August 16, 2021

Lake Michigan

I took a trip to Milwaukee this weekend and stayed by Lake Michigan.

I didn’t check my e-mail, I didn’t check Slack, and for the first time in 240 days I didn’t think about what to write for the Daily Spark (I’d pre-written / pre-recorded everything in advance). 

I went out of my way to suspend many of my typical activities — in other words, I took my first real break in awhile. 

Here’s what I did instead: I watched the sunrise and sunset at the beach and wandered around the Historic Third Ward. 

It was a delightfully agenda-less trip. 

Here are my observations following the trip:

  1. The world didn’t end: none of my projects failed during my absence. 
  2. The show went on: my team did amazing work.
  3. I feel more refreshed than I have in the last 5 years.
  4. I fell in love with Milwaukee.
  5. I’m more motivated than ever to get after my projects — at work and for my personal development. 

Moral of the story?

Take a break. A real break — one where you step aside both physically (wherever possible) and mentally.

Your future self, your team, and your organization all stand to benefit. 

Here some photos from the trip: