photo © 2005 Jon Hurd | more info (via: Wylio)I grew up in the house of a serious work ethic, in fact, some might call it workaholism. Even though I can work alongside the best of them, I continue to be reminded that excellent creativity also has need of a bit of down time along the way. It doesn’t have to be a hammock and beach somewhere (although that sounds pretty amazing at the moment). Many times it can simply be a quiet spot, an ipod, and a beverage with some time to write.
Whatever it is that allows you time to slow down and re-charge, make time for it. For several years I have fallen prey to the idea of being too busy for down time. Truth is, when I make time for down time, I am more creative and work far more efficiently. So, I am making a point to schedule time for down time. In the end, I am sure that is will make me a better employee, a better consultant, and a better person all the way around.
It is just a simple reminder that sometimes more is just more. Sometimes by doing what may seem like less, you actually gain efficiency and capacity. Here are a few simple reminders to find your chill point:
- Know when you need to find quiet time
- Understand what it takes for you to decompress – quiet, sitting, turning off your phone, music, etc.
- Set definite appointments with yourself for the express purpose of re-charging
- Be disciplined – do not give in
- Experiment with new ways to schedule and execute down time