Give yourself a break
One of the best ways to get more done, is to be sure to take time off to do nothing. If you are constantly trying to cram more and more into the time and space allotted for something, it becomes more and more difficult to do a good job at anything because you are being in 50 different directions.
Sometimes you just have to walk away. Sometimes you just have to do nothing. You know the whole oxygen mask for you first scenario. This is the same concept, if you run dry, burn out, you won’t be able to accomplish anything. I know this from personal experience. Because I could not/would not step back from my job and find a breather, I eventually came to a screeching halt. And no good for anybody or anything at that point.
You need to learn to relax. To take mini-breaks for yourself.
This is not optional.
I REPEAT: THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL!
But I feel GUILTY!
It’s possible you already have mastered the art of relaxing. And if so, congratulations. All you need now, perhaps, is to let go of the guilt you might feel, and enjoy this relaxation.
How to Relax 101
But for those of you who have forgotten how to relax, you’re going to have a tougher time. Here’s a hint: don’t stress out about it. If you don’t know how to relax, it’s OK. Breathe. Take it slowly. One step at a time.
- Take 5 minutes to go outside for a walk. Breathe the fresh air.
- Give yourself more time to do things. More time means less rush.
- After work, get outside, take in nature, run around if you can.
- Play. Play like a child. Play with a child.
- Give yourself a day off. Sleep. Watch TV. Eat grapes. Or bon bons .
- At work, give yourself an hour off. Don’t try to be productive. Just have fun.
- Work with someone who is exciting. Get excited about a project.
- Take evenings off. Seriously, no working in the evenings.
- Use your lunch breaks as a time for yourself.
- If you’re at home with little ones, their naptime should not be negotiable.
- Get a massage.
My favorite thing has been to take my kayak out on the lake. It’s gonna be a little cold for that now! Have to find another do-nothing treat!
What about you? What are some of your favorite ways to do nothing?
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