Happy labor day weekend everyone! I hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend and having fun with family and friends Sometimes doing nothing is GOOD for you! How backwards does that sound to us? We’re always pushing ourselves to better our business, use every working minute of the day we can, and are often telling people we wish there were more than 24 hours in a day so we can accomplish more. Phew! I don’t know about you, but just hearing talk like that wears me out! No wonder businesses are burning out, the expectations are so high! Of course it’s important to work hard and chase goals, but let’s remember how important doing nothing sometimes is too. Quiet moments of nothingness and reflection are vital because it’s a chance to focus on what it is you really want to get out of your job. We’re cluttered by our day to day activities and going through motions of what needs to get done that we never get a chance to sit and think and imagine. What do I want to be doing? What new avenues should I explore? How can I better myself and my business? Our “go go go!” mentality doesn’t leave room for reflection and will eventually damage us in all kinds of ways. Down time is healthy for your mental health as well as your physical health! We get so caught up in creating success for our businesses we don’t realize the stress we’re putting on ourselves and we forget how important a healthy mind and body are for maintaining that success. Relaxing and down time are vital to the growth of our businesses and we should all remember to slow it down once in a while.
“Summer, with it’s porch swings and grass lawns offers ample opportunity. Just stop, enjoy the moment and be grateful for the privilege of doing absolutely nothing for as long as you possibly can. Afterall, when people are caught in the worries of the future and regrets of the past, they cannot appreciate the beauty of the present.” – Mary Duenwald
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