Are you as crazy busy as I am? With all the things on our plate, there’s just never enough time to get everything on my to do list done. Last year’s beach vacation is a distant memory.
It’s hard to make the time to relax and take it easy during the school year with the endless demands of taking care of our families and running a household.
Even during vacations, many of us cram non-stop activity into what’s supposed to be some well deserved time off. Most of us are overworked to some degree and we don’t take enough time out to just relax. We say to ourselves that there isn’t really enough time and we’ll get to it some day.
Many of us work long hours each day. And not only that, but we’re expected to focus more, multitask and get more done in those hours than ever before.
We’re continually expected to learn new technology and are bombarded with even more new information on an almost daily basis. Thanks to our mobile phones and tablets, we’re always reachable…always connected.
Our minds are engaged and going on full blast from the moment we wake up to the moment our head finally hits the pillow.
What most of us don’t get is much rest and relaxation.
This lack of rest and relaxation can quickly become a problem. We’re simply not made to go non stop for 18 hours a day or more. We might be able to do it for a short amount of time when necessary, but it’s not a sustainable, long-term strategy for anyone and will lead to health consequences.
Without having enough rest and taking the time to relax, we become less productive and less creative.
Making the time to relax will help you get more done AND boost productivity in the long run.
Here’s a quick example. If you’ve ever been parent of young children, you know that you’re not at your best if you’ve been up with a sick child for a few days. Without having enough time to relax and recharge, you get anxious and short tempered with everyone.
It’s hard to be the same patient and loving parent that you generally try to be. This is also true in every area of your life. You need time to recharge to continue to do your best.
When was the last time you took a few hours just to relax? Make the time for it, especially when you’re extra busy and have a lot to get done.
Even a short break to go for a walk, take a quick nap, or lose yourself in a good book or movie for a bit will do wonders for both your frame of mind and your overall productivity. You’ll come back refreshed with a clear mind and renewed sense of purpose.
Your productivity increases greatly after a break and some rest, particularly if you’ve been working too hard. Make rest and relaxation a priority in your life. You deserve it!