If you want to be at the top of your game when you’re working, then making time to play and taking time to get enough rest are key.
That’s easier said than done, I know. I’m generally pretty good about taking time to have fun. I’m not as good about getting enough sleep.
And here’s the thing. Even though I make time for both, I have to schedule it in. I love being spontaneous, but when I’m feeling busy, too much spontaneity leaves me feeling guilty. And honestly… I’ve been busy for a good long while.
I sometimes tell people we have a “productivity” problem in our household. If there’s something to do, the assumption is you should be doing it… not sitting around.
But you can’t be productive all the time… that’s a recipe for burn out.
Even when your to-do list is a mile long, and there are so many things you want to learn and try and achieve, you have to have downtime.
Time to do the things you love without expectation or constraint.
Time to be lazy and rest.
Time to do nothing at all.
Play, rest, and even a little bit of boredom are key to both productivity and creativity.
If you really want to be at your best when you’re working, then you need to let go of the notion that the busier you are, the better. There’s a status thing there… you want people to perceive you a certain way.
And there’s a defense mechanism too… if you’re so busy, then it’s no wonder you haven’t launched your website or gotten that article published or… whatever it is you say you want to do but never get to.
Making productivity a part of your identity like this interferes with your day-to-day work, too. How often are you writing something, and you hit a place where you aren’t sure of your next thought? What do you do? Do you sit still and allow yourself to think? Or do you pop over to Facebook or your favorite news site?
If you want to be more creative and more productive, try to be less busy.
This takes practice, at first.
Once a day, for 15 minutes, just sit and think. Or don’t think. Don’t do anything. Just let your mind wander. Maybe listen to the noises around you. That will get you used to being still with your own thoughts.
Beyond that, have a couple of hours each day (or even just most days) where you don’t plan anything. When you arrive at those hours in your day, ask yourself, “What do I want to do right now that is something I don’t feel like I have to do?” Spend that time doing something you enjoy that has no expectations tied to it.
Call a friend… take a nap… plan a vacation… browse Pinterest… catch a movie… go for a walk.
Finally, find something that’s really fun for you, and schedule it regularly. For me, that’s indoor soccer. But it could be anything.
When you allow yourself to play, rest, and do nothing, you’ll find you work better and more creatively. And, you’ll probably be happier too.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!