creativity, culture, community
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
After calling three friends who sounded burned out and said they were too busy to talk, I was reminded that taking a little “coffee break” can be productive. I know that in today’s fast paced world you don’t want to miss an opportunity and that everyone’s on deadline, but seriously sometimes you need to take a minute to catch your breath and let your mind wander just a bit. I am not suggesting that you shirk responsibilities or that you shouldn’t get your work done. But taking a break, a short walk in the park, enjoying lunch on a patio, or just gazing out the window for a few minutes can give you a whole new perspective. It can refresh your spirit, renew your energy for the tasks at hand, and a brief pause often leads to making clearer decisions.
According to Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Lee Hotz, “A Wandering Mind Heads Toward Insight.” The article suggests that during the time we spend daydreaming, our mind is extremely active. http://on.wsj.com/FDDQU
For the last few years I worked nearly every day. I missed a lot of dinners and holiday celebrations because I was either burning the midnight oil, or I was just too tired to go. I am sorry I didn’t stop and smell the gardenias. It would have been fun to meet friends or contacts for lunch more often. I wish I’d taken a little more time to daydream. But while we are living, we can make positive changes, and that’s a wonderful thing. I’m working on making changes and finding more balance in my life.
Are you recharging your batteries enough so that you can be your most productive at work? How do you take a little time out to renew your energy? I’d love to hear how you balance work and play.
“If you’ve never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame.” – Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows