Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you. Anne Lamott // Almost everything works again if you unplug it for a moment. You too. Anne Lamott
MOTIVATING MONDAY: UNPLUG YOURSELF
The longer you go without a break, the more difficult it becomes to function properly, to think creatively and to see the bigger picture. Whether it is work, family life or studies – if you let one thing become a constant present, an ongoing task, your productivity, creativity and overall mood start to suffer.
Just like time, energy is finite. But unlike time, energy can be restored. You’ve heard of taking frequent breaks – but don’t just leave it at little breaks scattered over your day. Sometimes you need more than that and take a couple of days off.
A vacation is the ideal way to disconnect from everyday life, to get inspired, brighten your mood and relieve stress, while increasing your productivity once you get back. However, studies show that most people do not make use of their well-earned vacation.
Clearly it seems a lot easier to take a couple of days off when you are a student or employee. But even someone who’s main occupation is family life, should have a chance to disconnect for a while. If you feel constantly tired, overwhelmed and easily agitated, it is time to unplug for a while. Maybe it is a good idea to ask friends and family to take over your role for a few days, so you can recharge your batteries.
While taking off and “wasting time” seems counterintuitive to anyone with even the slightest workaholic attitude, it is by far the most effective way to improve the quality of your work. Not everything is going to fall apart without you taking care and watching over it. Things might not get done your way, but they will still be there once you get back. And let’s be honest: Isn’t it better to not do anything for a while than produce forced and half-hearted work?
So when was the last time you had a chance to unwind? Have you made any vacation plans for the upcoming months? How about doing that today! A vacation doesn’t always have to be a costly endeavor. How about taking up your friend’s offer and finally spending a few days in their summer house? And what about that spa voucher you got on your last birthday – it’s time to put that to use. And if all else fails: Simply spend a few days in nature, either camping or at a affordable bed and breakfast. The point is to break the routine and if you really want to, you’ll find ways to do it.
On a side note: I’m just about to unplug myself. I’ll be taking off for a couple of days, so get ready for some great, refreshed content when I’m back! Have a wonderful couple of days!
MOTIVATING MONDAY: UNPLUG YOURSELF
The longer you work without a break, the harder it becomes to function properly, think creatively, and see the big picture. Work, family, studies – if you make all of this an ongoing task, your productivity, creativity and mood will ultimately have to atone for it.
Just like time, energy is finite. In contrast to time, however, energy can be renewed again. You have probably heard of the importance of regular breaks in everyday life. But don’t stop at small breaks throughout the day. Sometimes it takes more.
A vacation is the best way to switch off, to forget everyday life, to gather new inspiration, to reduce stress, to improve the mood and at the same time to increase productivity after the break. However, studies repeatedly show that many do not even take their well-deserved vacation.
As an employee or student, it may be easier to take a few days away from everything. But even if your main job is family life, you too need a break every now and then. Constant tiredness, tension and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed are clear signs of this. If so, ask a friend or family to take over your role for a few days so you can relax.
Taking time off may seem like a waste of time to many and is therefore not necessarily the most obvious solution to the problem; especially if you tend to be a workaholic. But that’s exactly how you can improve the quality of your service. Not everything will collapse and go to the dogs just because you don’t watch over it for a few days. Not everything will go according to your expectations in your absence, but everything will still be there when you come back. And let’s be honest: It’s better to do nothing than to produce half-hearted, forcefully forced labor.
When was the last time you had the opportunity to switch off? Have you already made vacation plans for the coming months? Just do it today! Going on vacation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. Perhaps it is time to take up a friend’s offer and stay in their holiday home. Or what about the wellness vouchers that are gathering dust in the drawer? And if everything fails: Pack your things and go to the country for a few days. Camping or bed and breakfasts are inexpensive alternatives to expensive package tours. In short: there are ways and if you care enough you will find one.
By the way: Pure Power Panda is also taking a break for a few days, because I’m on vacation for a few days. So get ready for fresh new content when I get back! Have a nice week!