TODAY’S BUSINESS STRATEGY:
Improve Productivity by Holiday-ing
Business Rescue Coach Maggie asks you:
Did you take off during the Holiday week/end?
Did you prepare to have some down-time for yourself?
Do you plan to connect with family/friends during the summer?
YOUR Business Strategy today is to stop for 5-10 minutes and make sure your calendar has some “Me Down-time” scheduled on it. Yes, do this as soon as you are done reading this!
Why? We always want to improve productivity – for all the right reasons… and sometimes when we do this we get lost and lose connections with the people who are most important to us – our family, friends, and ourselves.
Yesterday, I was serving a client and she told me that her daughter inquired why they don’t chill-out and do what other people do during holidays. This flashed me back to when I was about 30 and I said something very similar to my mother. Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed to have parents who were great role models to instill a strong work ethic in me, which has paid off for me wonderfully and I am appreciative.
The Rub: Not Holiday-ing DOESN’T Improve Productivity
I know, that was a double negative… and it is very important that we understand it because it guides us to focus on a very powerful business strategy: If you want to improve productivity – take a holiday! I now (yes that confirms I didn’t do vacationing before) make it a point to schedule some type of get-away each quarter (image is of my last get-away visiting my son in NYC). Boy did I come back with all sorts of creative ideas from that trip! Check out this post from last summer to learn more about how I applied this business strategy.
Gaining Balance to Improve Productivity…
Yes, I’m sure the double negative may be confusing to my regular followers that I’m sharing “to improve productivity take some time off… jump off the planet for a bit or a while”. Don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind, and we are discussing this so you don’t either 🙂
So here’s what happens, of course over-simplified as always … when we vacation, we change our routine which requires our mind to think differently. When out of our routine, it may be easier to notice things which we may have been ignored or appeared insignificant: words in a song, a flower garden or bird nest, a home project patiently waiting for you to engage it, or perhaps our family members. This is a good thing! Now for the other side of the coin.
Sometimes certain things are overlooked, overworked, ignored, or even neglected. These things indicate an imbalance. What about when you are exhausted and try to push through a work project and just can’t get it right or it’s taking twice as long? What about when you know there is something waiting for you to discover it – a business solution or new business strategy and you can’t clear your mind long enough to allow it to reveal itself, or your genius, to you? Well these may be indicators that you need to take a break… sometime a true vacation where you unplug totally, sometime a day or weekend, or even a couple of minutes throughout a workday (I tend to call these “pauses”).
To improve productivity often requires us to take a pause to either clear our minds or take a pause, perhaps even connect to our original vision of why we are doing whatever it is we are doing (professional or personal) in the first place! Once we do this, we become more in alignment or sync with our vision and know what we need to do to complete it in the most effective and efficient manner… with grace and ease! Sounds great, doesn’t it?
YOUR Brilliant Business Success Action Items to
Improve Productivity Via Holiday-ing
- Open your calendar now AND schedule time to connect with what is important to you (people, places, and concepts).
- Take time off during this summer and upcoming holidays to remember what is truly important to you and take some action to live into it. In other words, make it a priority to enjoy yourself.
- Keep balancing work and enjoyment to keep your mind fresh and bring all sorts of new business solutions and personal solutions to your life, by creating more vacation/holiday-ing moments for yourself. If you do this, undoubtedly you will improve productivity on all levels 🙂
Are you ready to step into being more productive by giving your mind a break? Feel free to Leave a Reply & Comment so we can all help each other build Brilliant Businesses 🙂
It can be all different this year…
if you plan to deliver different results in 2013!
If you or your business needs rescuing on this particular topic
or any other Business Strategies we have been discussing,
please reach out to Maggie (262) 716.7750 FYI: I’m in the Central Time Zone
Blessings of Success to YOU ~
Maggie Mongan, Business Rescue Coach
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
Thanks for the reminder. It seems to me that I am being led to take the weekends off. I don’t get much business advancement anyway and the family keeps interrupting me. I decided to just go with it now and actually put it in my calendar to have family time on the weekends…. that includes time with the three new litters of kittens! What fun!
I just had this thought too………… I am still in the creating and building phase so I don’t feel that I like to take time off until my offerings are complete. BUT, I do know better… so hence the weekends off!
Bravo! You are speaking of focus and balance… good job!