Rest

February 9, 2013 · 0 comments

It seems like everyone thrives on letting others know how busy they are. Whether that is true or not, we seem to associate busyness as the norm. Anything less and you are tagged as lazy or a slacker.

The harder you work the more others notice. The longer hours you put in the quicker you join the path to advancement.

However, while there can be truth found in these ideas, too many people battle fatigue and burnout because they’re afraid to be passed by and passed over.

The downside in this way of thinking is while you may be racking up the hours your creativity suffers. Instead of presenting fresh and new ideas, we continue to roll out the same old thing with just another paint job and description slapped on it.

The secret behind fresh words and new ideas is your ability to rest.

Taking time to unplug, get away, put down the smartphone and walk away from a screen has a natural way of rejuvenating the mind. It’s nature’s medicine to giving you fresh eyes on the roadblocks you may face.

If you discipline yourself to live by a calendar and work from a list, do yourself a favor and schedule time to rest. No multitasking or peeking at email, shut down and walk away.

If you can do it right now, start. If not, put it on your calendar and make it a weekly event.

The next time someone asks you how are things, tell them, “you’re resting!” It will become your favorite response that you give all week.

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There’s a common response I hear when I ask people how their day is going. Can you guess what it is? Did you say, “I’m not getting anything done that I planned on getting done.” In other words, implying that their day has been one interruption after another.

Not only have I had days like this, but I’ve had weeks where it seems like I’m in constant reactionary mode.

I’ve also watched people get angry, stressed, as well as take it out on others just because things didn’t go as planned.

The other day I was having a conversation and someone said, “It seems like nothing gets to you.” While that idea is completely untrue, I’ve learned to not hold on to distractions long. At the end of the day, I can’t change the cause, but I can change how it impacts my behavior.

The greatest skill that you could learn is to quickly make adjustments on the fly.

Here are just a few things I take into consideration when I encounter something I didn’t plan for:

1. The end results outweighs my temporary feeling of discomfort.
2. It’s not personal… Sometimes things just don’t workout.
3. Deal with it ASAP and keep moving.
4. Condition yourself that things won’t go as planned and you will need to make adjustments.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t feel overwhelmed at times, but being organized and in control of my schedule as much as possible allows me to adjust on the fly without little damage.

Whatever time management system works best for you, make sure you’re leveraging it to its fullest capacity. Be proactive about your schedule and workload and last but not least, the more organized you are the easier it is to adjust quickly.

If I can do it, so can you!

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