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Rest and Watch Productivity Soar

Yesterday I had surgery to remove a basal cell skin cancer on my face. I had doctor’s orders to rest so my incision could heal properly. I used that order to give myself permission to stop doing and start resting. Isn’t it sad that it takes a doctor’s order for me to stop and take care of myself?

I indulged in reading a novel most of the day. From time to time I’d feel the twinge of “you should be using this time to get some writing done,” but for most of the day I ignored it. At 5 p.m. when I needed a break from my book, I picked up my laptop and checked my email. Then I wrote an organizing tip, 2 blog posts and reviewed a stack of speech evaluations and entered about 40 emails into my database.

The learning? If I allow myself to rest, I have better mental clarity than if I keep limping along at half speed. If I allow myself to rest, my productivity soars!

Hmmmm. . . . .now, how to keep myself from going back to autopilot of work, work, work all the time without the doctor’s help?

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Are You Choosing Workaholism & Busyness?

When you’re young your time is scheduled for you: school, playtime, doctor’s appointments, piano lessons, etc. When you become an adult some of your time may be scheduled for you, your work hours, for example. Even then you get to choose the kind of job you seek with its corresponding work hour requirements. And, you get to choose what you do with the rest of your time. Time is an important commodity in our lives, something that requires constantly making choices and deciding how best to use it.

Why is it, then, that many people feel compelled to regularly fill it completely with activities and obligations? Why is it so difficult to leave spaces for rest, for play, for spontaneous activities?

Could it be that you have not learned to accurately assess the time requirements of the activities you choose? Perhaps the ideal life that you seek takes more time to achieve than there are hours available day to day. Or, are you so programmed by our culture that rewards over-functioning even at the cost of family relationships and physical health that nothing less than being overcommitted all the time seems laudable?

Stop and think about how you spend your time. If you feel dissatisfied with the harried pace of your life and the paucity of pauses, playtime and rest, remember that you are in the driver’s seat of your life. You can’t control every time consuming demand that comes at you. But, I’ll bet you could excavate some “me” time from your busy schedule, time that has no agenda, if you work as hard at that task as you do at fulfilling all the obligations that eat your time.

It’s difficult to change when what you are doing is swimming upstream to cultural norms like busyness and workaholism. But, it can be done. The quality of your life depends on it!

PS If you schedule regular “me” time for rest and play, you’re likely to find you are more productive in the rest of your life!