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June 🤔: Go ahead; it’s OK to take a break

From our Remote Works Monthly Newsletter. Sign-up today here.

We took two months off from this monthly newsletter. We are sorry. We missed you. And it was for a good reason…

We wrote our manuscript and delivered it to our publisher, Berrett-Koehler. Book will be officially released on Feb 7th, 2023. Mark your calendars! (We know we have.)

We’re also in the midst of the busyness of life. Tam’s planning a “summer camp” for her nieces and nephews. And we’re in the middle of an interesting (and busy!) consulting gig, imagining remote work for a previously office-based team.

Last month was Mental Health Awareness month. Similar to how we took a break from the newsletter to focus on the manuscript, we encourage you also to make time to take care of yourself. Burnout is real. (Tam recommends this podcast if you are interested in diving into the psychology behind work fatigue.)

To that end, Tam dove into painting and reading thrillers checked out from her local library. Ali enjoyed many naps in her hammock and made her famous berry crumble. We learned that working in sprints can be exciting, fun, and fulfilling, but resets are necessary. It is important to analyze your top priorities and infuse new motivation into your routines; it can be that breath of fresh air you need to get going again.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What signals do you notice telling you it is time to rest and recover?

  2. How can you plan a work reset with your team?

  3. What are the ways you allow yourself to take a break?

  4. What work can be de-prioritized for later?


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