Ever feel like the Energizer bunny who just keeps going and going and going? I do— and I do get a lot done. But the constant operating at full speed sometimes creates ineffectiveness and inefficiency. That’s why, as I return from long holiday weekend, I realize how important it is to periodically shut down so I have more “power” going forward.

There are three benefits I am experiencing from my shut down.

  • Clarity
  • Focus
  • More Energy

Within a day of being back “in” I have already finalized some new business, resolved a problem I couldn’t solve earlier, and recommitted to some stagnant goals. With that much progress in one day, I realized I should power down more regularly!

off switch

We have the year-end push and major holidays in front of us, yet you can still find time to power down.

A few suggestions:

  • Shut off the computer after hours – this includes the Smartphone too (gasp!).
  • Escape with a good book that is not business related.
  • Call a friend or family member who won’t talk “business.”
  • Exercise while listening to some great music.

All of these ideas are short escapes that allow us to Restart without a full shut down. And each of them will help us have more power when we reboot.

Join the conversation: What other ways have you found to reboot yourself? Please comment below.