Take a break!
No just kidding, there’s more to tell. Although it really is that simple.
I heard a great word today that affected me: Permission.
When we give ourselves permission to do something, it means we allow it. There’s no resistance, we’ve accepted that it’s allowed.
Over the weekend just gone I was part of a Dance show which meant that I wasn’t able to work or do the conventional tasks I would normally carry out (majority of these would be work).
What this inadvertently did was to give me a break from work. I still checked emails and replied to urgent issues, but this was such a small part of my day (30 mins – 1 hour max). Yesterday was Monday and I was also out most of the day so I couldn’t spend all day in front of the computer. I spend so long on running a business that I rarely realise how much time I spend on it. Some days it just consumes me.
I realised that I need to give myself permission in future to take a break, not wait for something to force me into not working. Of course realising something and then doing it are two very different things. But a realisation is a step closer to change, even if it doesn’t happen right away.
Today I tell yesterday to give permission, permission to take breaks, to write, to draw, to sing, to laugh, to rest.