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Keep Your Mind Fresh by Giving it Time to Breathe

I believe in moving fast and with urgency, but sometimes you just have to take some time off and give your brain a chance to rest. Your mind is your tool, your information headquarters, and your weapon; so don’t get it too clogged up!

When you’re focused and doing what you’re supposed to be doing, when you have passion, and you’re driven by a purpose, it may seem you can keep going and going forever. You can lose track of time and knock out a ton of work with no problem whatsoever.

I do this all the time and forget to eat! But don’t let yourself get caught up and too busy to just avoid thinking about your life. This is important. Sometimes you have to stop and analyze where you’re going and make sure that you’re on the right path. The famous phrase: Stop and smell the roses is very profound!

It feels good to slow down and just breathe. It’s the principle of refueling and one of the biggest secrets of productivity. You can get more done quicker if you allow yourself to step back and recharge. A good rest supports your performance and therefore your progress. You’ll be able to give your project your all. Work hard to sleep better, and sleep well to work harder.

Ultra successful people often practice meditation as part of their daily schedule as well as working on their health and fitness. It gives them time to relax, time to be grateful and time to sharpen their mind. A good workout will also help you get rid of stress and can even ignite that competitive fire within you.

You can also take a power walk in nature, do something completely different for a day, or just relax and enjoy a book. Recharging your batteries doesn’t have to be a two-week vacation. As a matter of fact, ultra successful people don’t usually take a lot of time off like that. Instead they use time off actively and strategically during the day as an action step towards success. They know the power and profound impact this can make on their progress, so they schedule it in. This gives them the stamina and energy to be on the field. They like winning, that’s what gets them excited.

There’s a famous cliché about how no one ever said on their deathbed: “I wish I spent more time at work!” It’s always more time with family, with travel, and with leisure pursuits of things that matter and make life more rewarding. We’re not rewarded by the amount of hours we put into our work. We’re rewarded by the results. So by taking time off and having a clear mind, we’ll be more open for new ideas and creative thoughts that can lead us to the promised land quicker. You don’t have to work hard, you just have to work smart. Wait, scratch that, you can do both!

Personally, I’ve become a lot more conscious of this lately. I’m going to implement meditation into my schedule. I’m making sure that I’m not overbooked and I’m working out five times a week. It just feels great after every single workout. I finish my routine off with some stretching and I just feel really energized when I’m done.

Now I’d love to hear from you…

Are there any special routines that you swear by? Are you good or bad at taking time off? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

Let’s move forward…

– Casper Stang