Take note of these tips and take juice to the moments of rest so that, when you return to work, you are more creative than ever.
Your great professional asset is your creative brain. But here’s the problem: your creative brain overloads, stresses and is less effective when you do not give it the necessary rest. If you want to engage in a creative mental task, you must find moments of strategic and decisive disconnection.
Think of the creative brain as a muscle. Like everyone else, he desperately needs time to rest. When the muscle enjoys recovery time it becomes stronger.
Your own (bad) example. Do you remember that once you were late on delivery dates and spent as much time working as you did on the week? You promised to catch up so you could start from scratch on Monday, right?
But how cool were you? Most likely, your creative brain felt tired and listless when you started the week. If you really want to have a fresh perspective and do things right, you should create moments of mental disconnection from your work.
Here are some ideas on how not to think about work.
1. Establish rules. If you want your creative muscle to rest, you need to let go completely. Set a schedule, preferably 24 hours, and commit yourself to get away completely. That means no calls, no emails, no work readings. I know it’s asking a lot but if you want your brain to really recharge, you need to get away.
2. Plan ahead. Finish the job you can not wait for. Talk to the people around you and tell them your plan. Put an automatic voice message on your email and answering machine. Think of everything you can put together in your mind while you enjoy your free time and proactively protect it.
3. Wrap yourself in something else. If you want to get away from work then take another activity. I’ve studied karate for a long time. It made me invaluable because it required a lot of attention, both physical and mental. My total commitment to karate allowed the strategic withdrawal of work. Choose something that occupies your mind (or even your body). If that “something” is your family much better!
4. Think of a mantra. Your mind will invariably try to return to work. Do not torture yourself. Just develop a mental statement: “I’m not going there – I’m leaving” Do not stop to write ideas. Do not cheat. Focus your attention elsewhere and continue with your free time.
5. Get ready for the return. Let me tell you the nice part of the story. When you return after that break, you will become stronger!
When I take a whole weekend off I’m the best Monday morning. My team looks at me with an expression of “And to you what bit you?” I’m more creative on Mondays when my brain enjoyed a weekend off work. Get ready to be the most productive.