Updated October 16, 2019
Small children are given a timeout to rethink what they just did, and athletes take a time-out to regroup and restrategize. The rest of us can also benefit by rethinking what is currently in play.
Make it a habit to frequently leave the computer behind and to take the time to exercise or enjoy nature with a hike or bike ride. When you are out and about, ideas seem to flow. It is the relaxed state of mind that invites new thought to arrive and ponder. And most often, the time is extremely well-spent.
Free Spirit vs. Stress
Should you instead decide to stare at the computer while struggling to improve upon what is in place, it becomes a tremendous drain on time and energy. Everything seems to stall. Worse yet is when negative self-talk may kick in, and then doubt soon follows. It becomes a downward spiral only to realize motivation deflates.
One might think that these breaks in the day affect productivity. However, there is an efficiency to be found by stepping away. Being relaxed makes room for new thought and an improved way to proceed. Motivation renews and as you return to the computer, you will quickly regain the lost time as progress advances. Heads will turn by your progress along with your admired personal brand. Give yourself permission to try Time-Outs.
No doubt there were times when you have been stuck or made little advancement during the day. The stalled work was probably very frustrating. Should wasted time be a reoccurring problem, consider revising current habits.
- Force yourself to stay in place until an idea comes to you.
- Waste considerable time while feeling stuck.
- Believe you can be more productive and it’s time to try a time-out.
Try an experiment the next time you feel a stall beginning to take place. Move away from your computer, and if at all possible, leave the premises. Be observant of where you are and what’s going on around you. Allow your mind to drift for a bit. As you come back to mentally review where the stall is occurring, it’s likely new ideas will come to light. By the time you return to the office, a surge of motivation to restart will be yours.
Your mind reset is very similar to a computer reboot. We each need downtime on occasion to speed up results. When you find yourself staring at the computer, give yourself permission for a time-out. Revitalize energy with exercise.
- Visit the gym or enjoy the great outdoors.
- Shut off your working brain to enjoy your surroundings.
- Allow new thought to visit your mind.
- Think about your friends and colleagues.
- Review where you are in your career and where you want to be.
- Implement changes to make the journey more enjoyable.
- Focus on your preferred ideas while returning to the office.
- Restart your computer.
- Get back to work with your revised plan.
- Celebrate Success!
Following these guidelines will lead you to the Smooth Sale!