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Take a Break to Get Things Done

Sometimes the best way to get things done is to take a mental, physical break.

“Nose to the grindstone” may seem a sound way to do business but our brains and our spirits need breaks (besides it’s not too comfortable and it’s not too far from having your “head in the sand”).

I’ve often held the belief that I must “sit down, put my nose to the grindstone and work hard all day.”  This mindset produced good results…occasionally.    More often, my attempts at “all work and no play” resulted in lower quality work, increased time to complete my tasks and less overall satisfaction.

Counter to this “get ‘er done” mindset is taking periodic brain breaks…and this means more than a walk to the water cooler (although these are important too.)  Sometimes leaving your work for a walk around the block or sitting in a new place reading poetry or perhaps even doing something “mindless” like throwing away old pens can provide enough “juice” to get the job done.  In fact, writing this article came after I took 30 extra minutes at lunch to meander around a local art shop.  I left there feeling like I had been on a mini-retreat.  I returned to my desk with energy to finish the day.

“Nose to the grindstone” may seem a sound way to do business but our brains and our spirits need breaks (besides it’s not too comfortable and it’s not too far from having your “head in the sand”).  Remember how much you waited for school recess and how it helped the afternoon studies?  Now as business owners, you still need a break. 

Did you hear that?  I think that was the bell for recess!  Last one on the playground is a rotten egg!