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The Importance of Taking a Break

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For weeks I have been struggling. I just couldn’t find my groove. My mind was all over the place. My focus was disjointed. And my creative juices just refused to flow. There was no juice.

It was terribly frustrating.

Almost upsetting.

I had lists upon lists of projects, ideas, and work I wanted to get going on. But I was not quite hitting my optimum productivity output.

As always, I was pretty hard on myself.

This in itself made productivity even more of a struggle and so began the downward spiral of feeling like a failure.

Until yesterday.

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It was a Sunday, my favourite day of the week, and I took an enforced day off. I did nothing remotely work-based or creative. I had lunch with my family (hello Oreo milkshakes!), watched a bunch of Star Wars movies (hello Harrison Ford!) and enjoyed hours of cuddles with my favourite ginger tomcat (cuddles!).

The result?

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning, ate my breakfast and drank my coffee standing up, did a few stretches and then found a cosy spot in the house to start tackling my inbox (eat a frog, innit).

It’s now almost 4 hours into my work day, and yes I’m still in my pyjamas (freelancer confession right there), but I’ve dealt with a huge chunk of work. Even more encouraging is that I feel amazing!

I have my zing back!

I have a humungous to-do list. Workaholic folks do. But I feel like I can make some satisfying dents into it, which is very exciting indeed.

So here’s to taking a break. I say it to myself time and time again – I must take days off, I must have breaks and I must plan in holidays. Yet, I continue to make life hard for myself.

My productivity and creativity skyrockets when I rest.

So the valuable lessons for today are:

– be kind to yourself

– give your brain space to rest

– allow yourself a break from it all

Now, let’s see if I can remember this lessons next week!

What are your secrets to creativity and productivity? 

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