Take a “Time Out”
I think that far too many people believe that when times are tough, as they are now, they must work harder, work longer and resist taking a ‘time out’ to kick back, play, relax and renew.
This way of thinking is a huge error in judgment. It the reason why very few people in the workplace not only don’t think about what they are doing, they do not even stop to consider how or why they are doing what they are doing. It is as if they were trying to change a hubcap on a moving car – it just doesn’t work.
What’s the antidote? If you want to be truly productive and creative, you must schedule time during the day and during the week to simply – stop and reflect on what you are doing and why you are doing it.
Recharge yourself. It doesn’t have to be a vacation to the Bahamas. You can close your eyes for five minutes and recall the most relaxing place you have ever been, listen to some music, take a walk or go to the gym. Consciously taking a “time out” is one of the only ways that you can renew, reflect and see new possibilities.
James Mapes is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, coach and hypnotist. His most recent book IMAGINE THAT! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance is the first web-supported book with access to 21 video-coaching clips.