So the lazy days of summer have started. That’s good. Right? Trouble is I am someone who functions best when I have too much to do. I become super efficient and can tackle numerous tasks and still get the work done. Working from home does make it harder to walk away from work too.

Slow down and I flounder.

Yet, I know health-wise it’s good to have the slower pace. And then there’s the guilt I feel when I “goof” off and do something just for fun. Like yesterday, Kate and I went off for a nice lunch out. The reason I explained to Kate was “to reward ourselves for not working so hard.”

And don’t get me wrong, we have plenty to do – booking all the speakers for the fall, planning events, social media and building the learning portal. Perhaps we get lulled into believing that we have plenty of time in which to get this done.

But the weeks will just speed by and before we know it, it’s back to school. Back to life on the fast lane.

But stop. I am getting ahead of myself. I don’t want to wish these sunny days away. It seems to me that I simply need to give myself permission to slow down and allow time to do some fun stuff without feeling guilty.

It is not until I physically go away that I switch off. Then there’s switching back on… but that’s a whole other issue.

Am I the only one struggling with this? What do you do?

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.