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Athletes take a time-out to regroup, and small children are given a time-out to rethink what they just did. The rest of us can also benefit by rethinking what is currently in play by taking a time-out.
Over the holiday, a friend and I shared previous horror stories encountered in each of our careers. The conversation then moved to recent times to ask one another for suggestions. It was after we caught up, and the alone time was mine, that I began to review current projects. Not too long into the process, I connected the dots between what we shared and the approach in place. Change is underway as I see an improved outcome ahead.
I make it a habit to frequently leave the computer behind as I take the time to exercise or enjoy nature with a hike or bike ride. I find it’s when we are out and about that ideas flow. It is the relaxed state of mind that invites new thought to arrive and ponder. And most often, the time is extremely well-spent.
Even Keel vs. Downward Spiral
Staring at the computer while struggling to improve upon what is in place becomes a tremendous drain on time. Everything seems to stall. Worse yet is when negative self-talk may kick in, and then doubt soon follows. It becomes a downward spiral only to realize motivation deflates.
One might think that these breaks in the day affect productivity. However, there is efficiency in stepping away. Being relaxed allows the ideas to flow and soon an improved way to proceed is understood. Motivation renews and as I return to the computer, I quickly regain the lost time as progress advances. Time-Outs almost always prove to be an excellent route.
Think about the times you have been stuck or made little advancement during the day. The stalled work was probably very frustrating. Should wasted time be an apparent problem, it is wise to consider revising current habits.
Consider if you:
- Force yourself to stay in place until an idea comes to you.
- Waste considerable time while feeling stuck.
- Believe you can be more productive and it’s time to try a time-out.
Try an experiment the next time you feel a stall beginning to take place. Move away from your computer to do something else; if at all possible leave the premises. Be observant of where you are and what’s going on around you. Allow your mind to drift for a bit. As you come back to mentally reviewing where the stall is occurring, it’s likely new ideas will come to light. By the time you return to the office, a surge of motivation to restart will be yours.
Your mind reset is very similar to a computer reboot. We each need downtime on occasion to speed up results.
You may wish to review a previous post, 5 ideas to Easily Measure Performance.
- When you find yourself staring at the computer, grant you permission for a time-out.
- Revitalize energy with exercise.
- Visit the gym or enjoy the great outdoors.
- Shut off your working brain to enjoy your surroundings.
- Allow new thought to visit your mind.
- Review where you are in your career and where you want to be.
- Implement changes to make the journey more enjoyable.
- Focus on your preferred ideas while returning to the office.
- Restart your computer.
- Celebrate Success!
Following these guidelines will lead you to the Smooth Sale!
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