Productivity & Effectiveness

The power of a personal retreat

By 14/07/2022 No Comments

I’m not going to lie – my pillars of life were out of tension recently (and still are to some extent). With a heavy work schedule, a feeling a deep malaise after lockdown and a gnawing feeling that I should be creating more, I decided to take a little weekend retreat.

My wife loves her music gigs and festivals, but I don’t, so she offered me a chance for a weekend all to myself. I chose a weekend retreat to focus on getting my Parent Brain podcast launched. I’ve mentioned Parent Brain before – it’s a project that has gnawed away at me for over a decade and I’ve simply been too scared to get it done. What would the world think? Would it detract from my core business of consulting? Would I ever get it done?

Well, no more. I booked a tiny airbnb, too tiny to be honest, and packed my recording gear (and cameras), and embarked on a not very well planned weekend retreat to Essendon, Herts.

I ignored the typical retreat advice of having no big goals or fixed agendas, and instead set myself a goal of recording 50 podcast episodes in a weekend! Ambitious, but as I explain in the video – I need these seemingly unsurmountable challenges to get moving.

I share how I get on against my target, visit the village where an episode of The Avengers was filmed and wax lyrical about life, death, local pubs and how to get the best from a retreat, if you’re lucky enough to have this opportunity.

I’m very grateful and lucky to be able to take a retreat like this and I was determined not to squander this privilege.

Part of a good (work) life is seeking to manage the tension between the pillars of life and a retreat may help you do that. But, wherever you go there you are….and I certainly discovered that.