You’ve all heard it – you need to keeping work harder. It will pay off.
Nope, I disagree.
Seriously, when was the last time you took a break and had a little fun?
Last night I went for drinks with some entrepreneurs, and they reminded me how important it is to get outside and do something different, even if you’re tired or busy or you just don’t feel like it. We all have excuses, what sets us apart is what we do with them – do they win, or do you?
Yeah, there are introverts and extroverts
Despite what most think, it’s not about being “shy” or “outgoing,” it’s about where you get your energy from.
I’m not sure what to do if you’re an introvert – maybe kick everyone else out?
But if you’re like me, just get outside.
Running a business is tiring
Scratch that, it’s exhausting.
There’s a never ending list of things you could do. And unlike grade school or “a real job,” you don’t have a teacher or boss to tell you when you’re done, or that you did a good job, because there’s always something else you can do…
…a customer you can call to make sure things are going well, fires to put out, accounting, paperwork, market research, cleaning (why does this always seem to be on the list?), another blog to write, tweet to respond to or photo to pin, and when that fails…your inbox. Fun.
Our little secret
But I want to share a little secret with you about to do lists. They all have one thing in common – if you leave them where they are, they’ll be waiting for you when you get back.
I know, I almost fell off my chair too. #epiphany
So what are we all worried about?
Take a break. Get outside. Breathe some air.
Spend a full weekend doing nothing but relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, watching people, being part of something different. I find I get the most creative inspiration when I’m “outside of my business,” then I charge back in full force.
Problems seem different from the outside. So do solutions to those problems. But the only way you can get there is by actually going outside.
So do yourself a favour, and get out.