Rest and Rejuvenate to Grow Your Business

I’ve heard so many of my clients and colleagues respond to my greeting of  how are you with, “I’m sooooo busy.”  I even catch myself saying this at times.  There’s a lot of noise out there about how being busy is important to success in business and life.  Well, I’m calling busy out because it’s a trap, what I call “The Busy Trap.”

I used to wear the term “busy” like a badge of honor that somehow spoke to my ability to withstand stress and ultimately a mark of my worthiness.  I’ve subsequently learned that a lot female entrepreneurs feel this same way. They judge their worth by how busy they are and if they’re not super busy they question if they have what it takes to be successful.

However, a lot of the busyness has to do with the tasks and productive stuff we “should do”, which of course are a very important part of business.  The trouble comes when we eliminate the fun, rest, and play from our lives.  In today’s hyper-busy world, it seems like we don’t prioritize the rejuvenation and play that is precisely what we need to allow the brain and body to rest and re-set for our most creative and productive work.

Research from the University of California, Berkeley found that busyness leads to cognitive overload and an overloaded brain hinders performance.  It impairs our ability to think creatively, plan, organize, innovate, solve problems, make decisions, resist temptations, speak fluently, and control our emotions.

In the Importance of Mind-Wandering, the author revealed a pervasive belief that doing nothing is often thought of as a waste of time.  “It leads to mind-wandering, which, in a culture obsessed with efficiency, is considered lazy: a sign of procrastination, not productivity.”  However, the truth is that our brain benefits when we waste time.  Research on naps, meditation and experiencing nature reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity.

There’s no doubt that running a business requires a lot of energy but how do we tap into this balance between work, rest and play?  This balance comes with consistent and deliberate time spent working and strategic periods of rest. It’s about focused work but it’s not the same as unending work.

Here are a few tips to get you get started:

Blend Focus with Fun

To blend focus with fun, use your focus on what needs to get done, what is most important or is the least enjoyable for 60-90 minutes.  After 60-90 minutes of this focused attention, take a break and rest, play, rejuvenate or delight in the things you enjoy.

 Step Away From the To-Do List

To build in strategic rest and play remember this, whatever you do must be restful or playful and not a “should do” task in any way.  If you’re like me, you might try to sneak in things you have to do during your rest and play breaks, such as showering, eating lunch, or grocery shopping.  But these don’t count as play or rest nor does anything that exists on a to-do list anywhere else.

Rest and Play for Your Brain and Your Soul

To get started with these new practices ask yourself these questions: what do you find relaxing or rejuvenating?  What brings you joy, relaxes your mind, supports your body or feeds your soul?  Strategically take these breaks throughout your day as a way to create deliberate distractions which will prepare you for bursts of brilliance.

My friends, it is my deepest wish for you to love your business and enjoy your life to the fullest.  I’m sending you my love and support to practice a new way to work, rest and play so that you can create and share with love, heart and soul both in your business and in your life.

 

Mary Billerbeck is a business and money coach who helps female entrepreneurs embrace and unleash their inner power and brilliance so that they can create their most amazing business and life that is in alignment with their heart, soul, and deepest desires.

She can be reached at: mary@financiallyfitliving.com or www.financiallyfitliving.com.