I was “scheduled” to post something today in my arbitrarily designed every other Friday blog post schedule. In the past, the posts have almost written themselves. Unexpectedly, the long ones just rolled out. Even on days that I had no idea what I was going to write when I sat down, those practically seemed channelled when I started to write.
Today was different.
I wasn’t sure all day or all week in fact, what the topic would be. I started to write something that I had been thinking about for a while even though it didn’t feel like it was for today. I tried anyway and found my original thought was right - today wasn’t the day for that one. It’s longer and needed more time than I was willing to spend today. So, I shelved it for now, knowing that the time will be right soon, but not today.
Today we wanted to play.
That was the thought that kept coming back. I just want to get out and play. Genevieve was restless too. It was cold outside, but beautiful and sunny. Most importantly, we had been cooped up too long. I tackled several things that were on the to do list for the day, but then we had to get out.
As I’ve said before, I find I’m more productive if I take real breaks and my sidekick was being less patient than usual with the computer work and wanted to play too.
I highly recommend even if you have a lot to do, find time for real breaks. Make them active breaks if you sit a lot. Get outdoors if you’re inside much of the time. Change it up. Take a break from thinking and worrying about getting everything done. Do something that makes you smile and laugh.
Play with your children. Play with your pet.
We played in the snow and took a short walk and both felt much better for it. You may think breaks like this one are an interruption you can’t afford to take or that you’ll get more done if you keep plugging away. That usually isn’t true. Often this type of break is just what we need and actually a much more productive use of some of our time than continuing to plug away on tasks.
Time outs where I do something completely different from what I’m working on help clear my head; so that I can process, be more creative with solutions and new ideas. At a minimum they help me feel refreshed to tackle the rest of my work.
Our body and mind naturally move through alternating cycles of rest and activity. It's stressful to our system when we don't rest. Rest doesn't have to always mean - feet up, eyes closed. It can be as simple as doing something different, something refreshing.
We need breaks.
The next time you find yourself not being as productive as you’d like to be, try a little “play” time out (literally outside if you can). It might be just what you need.