I think it’s fair to say that today’s fast-paced, technology-based culture has conditioned us to be available at all times. We are rewarded for our multitasking skills and ability to crunch as much activity as possible into our ever lengthening work day. With cells phones and laptops always at our side, we are seldom able to detach or “disconnect” from our respective networks.
I’ve started to value what I call “the recharge” more and more. For the the first time in a long time, I decided to truly set aside at least one day this past week to escape it all. I turned off my phone, opened a good book, and simply soaked up my surroundings. The recharge dramatically improved my mood, productivity, and mental capacity.
I always have several “irons in the fire.” I’ve now realized that I’m more easily overwhelmed and less focused on the tasks at hand when my hands are always full of tasks.
It’s no mystery that more rest equals better performance, but we are so busy performing that rest just always seems to escape us.
It’s so easy to overlook the importance of some good R&R. I always think there’s another song to write, another email to send, or time for another workout. The truth is, all of those things can wait, and will be better performed tomorrow.
Rest repairs our bodies and mental state; and when we rebalance, energy is restored. If we want to exceed to our full potential, “the recharge” couldn’t be more important!
I encourage you to recharge this week. Nap, read a book, take a walk or hike, turn off your phone, grab some coffee with a friend,…do NOTHING. Let’s see what happens if we take one day a week for “the recharge” or maybe even one hour a day.
Together let’s start the revolution of “the recharge.”