I’m so glad to be back! I hope you’ve been well! I wasn’t able to get a blog post written last week due to a much needed getaway. My twin sister and I have made it a tradition to run the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in Vegas. The race was November 13th and it was AMAZING! It was our second year running this race and it’s quickly become our favorite.
Over 40,000 runners participate in this event and it’s quite an incredible site. They shut the strip down and we run it in the dark, only lit by the neon lights. There is even a run-in wedding set up at mile 4! During the 13.1 miles, they have bands set up playing upbeat music and the strip is lined with spectators cheering us on. The energy is so high, I’m getting pumped up just thinking about it.
I realized that this 4-day weekend my sister and I have now made non-negotiable, is vital to my business success. Before leaving for this trip I was so motivated, energized and excited that those emotions trickled down into my business. I suddenly had tons of new ideas coming to mind for upcoming projects and new products I want to create. I was super productive and efficient because I knew I wouldn’t be working for 4 days and I didn’t want to fall behind in my goals.
Just to really sky-rocket my productivity, I scheduled a free 5-day email challenge called “Remarkable Mom-Life” to occur the Monday through Friday while I was still out of town. Just because I wasn’t home, didn’t mean I couldn’t still provide my tribe with incredible value.
When I returned from the trip I felt refreshed and ready to implement the many new ideas I had thought of. It was like a breath of fresh air. I can relate it to walking through the water stations during the race for just a couple seconds. Just long enough to chug the water or Gatorade that was given to me and that’s all it took for me to be ready to run hard again. A break can do us all good, as long as you have a plan.
My plan before each water station was to run up to the person handing me the cup, then walk about 8 steps as I drank, and then start running again. My plan for the 4-day trip was to bust my rear the week and a half before leaving, enjoy the downtime while I was away, and then put my nose to the grindstone as soon as I returned home.
I often hear from people who say they can’t take a break or a long weekend, let alone a whole vacation, for fear of falling behind and never catching up. What they don’t understand is that they are moving inefficiently and ineffectively because they are tired and burned out. If they took just a short break, they could come back fully functioning at 100%.
In a podcast I recently heard, the woman was talking about the law of diminishing return. It basically states that you can only put in so much work and energy into something before you start to fizzle out. You may still be “working”, but the return on that work is minimal, and often not very good quality. As counter-intuitive as it is, a break is crucial to your success.
The fact that you have a break to anticipate is often all you need to push through the task at hand. Find something that motivates you and brings you energy, and make that your downtime. Downtime doesn’t have to be a vacation.
Here are some ideas for downtime:
a day at home by yourself
An afternoon spent shopping with a friend
Going to see a movie
Window shopping all day
Getting a massage
Getting a manicure
Spending the day in bed just reading a book
A staycation with your spouse without the kids
There are limitless ways to take a break and enjoy some downtime. With a little thought and planning, you can make it happen in your own life too! Feel free to write your ideas in the comments below. I’d love to get new things to add to my own list!
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