• By: Bonnie Currin | Current Consulting
Life has become one big hasty journey. From the moment we wake up, panic sets in with the to-do list. And the world itself seems to echo my sentiment with all the advertisements about on-the-go meals, on-the-go meal replacements, dietary supplements for people on-the-go and such.
Does one ever really get the time to stop and smell the proverbial rose. Time to reflect and truly be in the present without feeling the pressure of the clock ticking.
We have become caught up in a rat race and a never-ending cycle of do – do – do. I think it’s safe to say that it’s even become part of who we are; if we’re not busy we’re not being useful.
In relation to our working lives, research has proven, however, that the opposite is true – being busy does not always equal being valuable. Rather, these studies show that we become more productive when we slow down.
Taking some space leads to:
Reduced stress levels and avoidance of burnout
Enables your mind to become refreshed and therefore, more focused, more creative.
Encourages work/life balance and therefore, a much more well-rounded, happier you
What if I suggested something crazy and encouraged you to regularly take some “me” time? It’s called having a “think time”, time totally to yourself (by yourself) using this time to stop, pause, breathe and connect with your true authentic self, and strategising over your business. Time to take care of yourself and to give yourself, and your business, some much needed TLC and thought. Our bodies can only operate to a certain level and to remain mentally and physically alert, a much-needed break is sometimes required.
Bill Gates the principal founder and chairman of Microsoft Corporation, regularly does this, and his business speaks for the benefits.
Since 1989 Gates has taken a sabbatical, a solo “think week” in a cabin in the woods twice a year, to escape the noisiness of life, to be by himself. He spends this time thinking and strategising without any contact with the outside world. Work is done during one Think Week which eventually led to Microsoft launching Internet Explorer in 1995. You can check out the series “Understanding the brain of Bill Gates” on Netflix if you’re interested in learning more.
If Bill Gates could see the necessity of doing this, then it should be a no-brainer for all of us. Sure, not all of us will be able to afford a week away from our businesses or families, but even a day dedicated to unplugging and just thinking could add tremendous value to you and your company.
Use the time to ponder the future of your company or division and think of new big ideas.
Take time to stop, reflect and recalibrate.