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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stop and move on.

It's part of being a creative; you get stuck.

You seem to be unable to move forward and everything looks like a roadblock.

Zenhabits offers some advice to become more productive by taking a break.

when you don’t take breaks and allow yourself to recover, you’re less than 50% there. 50% you = 50% work.

It’s obvious that taking short, rejuvenating breaks is the more effective way to work. So what are some examples of these types of breaks?

  • Change channels. Most of us do a lot of work on the computer, so doing some kind of physical activity for 10 or 15 minutes can be a great way to change our state. Bodyweight exercises, a brisk walk, or yoga can be a great way to get your body moving and put yourself in a different state.
  • Breathe. Do 10 or 15 minutes of meditation, focused on your breathing.
  • 30 second headstand. Support your feet and legs against a sturdy wall (or tree).
  • Juice it. Stop by your local health food store and get a wheat grass shot or vegetable juice.
  • Refuel. Eating some kind of snack or small meal every 90 minutes is a great way to keep your glucose and energy levels steady. Go for fresh, organic fruit or a salad to get a quick pick-me-up.
  • Power nap. A 20 minute nap in the afternoon feels awesome and rejuvenating.
  • Motivate. Take a time out and listen to a Paraliminal session, guided meditation or personal development video on YouTube.
  • Flood your body with consciousness. This is something I’ve been doing lately that’s been really working for me. Take 10 minutes out to lie on your bed and flood your body with consciousness. Focus your awareness first on your toes and feet, then gradually move your focus up through your body, into your legs, pelvis, torso, chest, back, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Then back up through your arms into your neck, up your throat and into your face and your head. Really focus on feeling the energy in your body and only move your conscious awareness up your body after you’ve really felt it in the last part.
  • Total relaxation. This is a follow up to flooding your body with consciousness. After you’ve completely immersed your body in awareness, focus on relaxing each muscle in your body. In the same way previously, start with your toes and work your way upward through your body. Really let go and relax.

These are just a few ideas for ways that you can really relax, recover, and rejuvenate your body. Once you do that, you’ll be re-focused, recharged, and ready to work at 100% capacity.

Hopefully, next time we are pressured with a deadline we will remember to stop and take a break so we can deliver on time.

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