Ever feel like the Energizer bunny because you just keep 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 a week in Aruba, I realize how important it is to periodically shut down so I have more “power” going forward.
There are three benefits I am already experiencing from my week-long shut down.
Within a day of being back “in” I have already finalized some new business, resolved a problem that I couldn’t solve earlier and refined some stagnant goals. I guess I should power down more regularly!
But how can we power down without the time and expense of a week in paradise? A few tips:
- Shut off the computer after hours – this includes the Blackberry too.
- Escape with a good book that is non 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.
What other ways have you found to reboot yourself?