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Editor's Note, August 2011 PLSN - Auto Response – Out for Vacation

Over the weekend, we sent the August issue of PLSN to the printer.  You will begin to see the magazine arrive in your mail boxes soon.  I wanted to share my Editor Note well in advance of the magazine arriving. There is still time to soak up some rays this summer! -ed

I recently looked at my calendar for an up coming event and realized we are already in August. Where has the summer gone? Before you know it, it will be the winter holiday season and I will still had not pulled out my swimsuit.

As with most busy professionals, I live and die by my calendar. I routinely tell people, if it is not on my calendar, it didn’t happen. It is frightening to think that something like this has the power to tell me what to do. It has been that way for years.

Since going digital and having my own personal assistant, my iPhone that is, it is easy to stay on top of my various calendars in one place. I have separate calendars setup for all the various aspects of my life. One is set up for work, home, birthdays and of course production work. Each calendar is color coded so I can quickly glance at my calendar and see what aspect of my life holds my attention for the scheduled amount of time.

Personally, I get a little excited every time I see blue in my calendar. Blue happens to be the color code for my personal life. It means I am doing something for myself, or with my family. Sure, I have chores scheduled under my personal calendar, but when there is a big block of blue, I know it is something good. It’s not often that big chunks of blue fill my calendar; most times it is either green or orange, meaning work or production work.

Over the past couple of months, I got excited every time I turned to the month of July. There was a HUGE block of blue taking up almost a week of my time.  It could only mean one thing, vacation.

I know what you are thinking. Last month I wrote, “Sleep? That’s something I catch up on when – and if – I retire”. It is still true, but all work and no play makes Justin dull boy. Sure, I love what I am doing and most of the time I don’t think of it as work. But you have to live a little too. I love being in a dark theatre and playing with light, but I also love my family and soaking my feet in Lake Ontario as well.

It is tough to balance a personal and working life. There is the unending hunt for the next gig all while in the middle of the current gig. We need to work in order for the money to keep coming in to pay bills.

Time is a luxury and goes by quickly.  We always wish there was more time in the day to get things accomplished. But the fact remains; we live in a 24/7/365 world. We only have a limited amount of time before the inevitable will happen.

Being a working professional is a great accomplishment. Getting paid to do what you love; it is what we all strive for. But it is just one aspect of this crazy thing we call life. Taking time for ourselves to live outside of the production world is a must to help keep us balanced and sane.

For me, my family is important. While I could have taken a gig recently that would have been an amazing experience, That block of blue on my calendar said I couldn’t. I am ok with that! I needed the break, I needed to recharge and forget about work and be with my family. Nothing is a better distraction than my nieces and nephews’ pulling me into a water fight and building a home made kite.

Sure, work is in the back of my mind, but once the water balloons start flying, work takes a back seat. It will always be there.

As August and the summer begins to quickly fade away, I encourage you to take a break, go on vacation, and live a little. No matter how long you step away from work, you’ll feel better for doing it. Work will be there when you return, it always is.

Take a look at your own calendar, how much of it is blue and how much of it is green?

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Comment by Tim Mortimer on August 28, 2011 at 10:52pm
Past three years I can't even afford a vacation. I need more work so I can go on a vacation. I miss when it was busy and crazy. Need more work here.
Comment by Justin Lang on August 11, 2011 at 6:14am
How is everyone's summer going so far? I hope everyone is getting a chance to take some time for themselves and your family. What sort of things have you been doing?

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