The best thing about being a consultant…

Is that you can shut the world off whenever you want to.

The worse thing is that you have people that rely on you – often even more than if you worked for a big company.  So you can’t really shut down for long.

How do you deal with burn out?  I’m not talking about annual vacation time – I’m talking about the every few months or weeks – whatever – when you just need a couple days to get your head wrapped on correctly.

Does your boss understand that every now and then you need a brain-drain day, or is it completely unacceptable to lose a day of work no matter what?


  1. @Deannie – I feel the same way – when I need the time, I just *need* the time. The best thing I can do for everyone involved is to take care of myself.


  2. Isn’t that was OPTO is for?!? When I need the time I just take it now. I am worthless to everyone else if I am not taking care of myself.

    When I *do* take that time off? I am sleeping, working out and eating better than usual to get me energized to start afresh. I take care of myself on those occassions like I take care of my kid when she is sick: with extra tenderness. It usually helps … a lot.