THINK WEEKS, DISCONNECTED DAYS

QUOTE: If you don’t allow for adequate rest and recovery, then your workout efforts are wasted. Not only are they wasted, but your future workouts won’t be as good, because you won’t be rested or getting stronger. You’ll plateau. Herein lies the difference between calculated and systematic productivity and being busy. Most people are always plugged-in, always going, and thus are busy. Hilariously, they think being busy is being productive. It’s Not. Similarly, your body needs rest and reset cycles from digesting food. This occurs in the form of fasting. When you fast for 18+ hours from digesting food, your body is given the space for recovery. If you never give your body space to recover and reset, then you miss out on countless benefits.

The same is true of your mind. The best ideas and insights occur away from your work. They happen while you’re relaxing, or often while you’re thinking about something completely unrelated. When it comes to having clarity about your life and goals, you need to give yourself a reset, regularly. The most successful people in the world purposefully carve out time in their regular schedules for unplugging, recharging, and resetting.

Take the famous example of Bill Gates, who took “Think Weeks” where he would completely remove himself from work and all forms of communication. All he would do is think, learn, and rest. And he admits that his best ideas for Microsoft came during those rest and recovery weeks.

You may not have a full week to rest and recover. Instead, you could begin to schedule in “disconnected days,” where you take a day off work and give yourself the full day to simply rest and recover. During that time, it would be helpful to leave your regular environment, and perhaps drive 30+ minutes away to get adequate space. During these disconnected days, you could spend a good amount of time thinking, relaxing, learning, and then writing in your journal. The reason you want to get out of your day-to-day routine and environment is so you can step out of the trees and see the forest. You need some fresh air. You need to breathe and reset — just like fasting for your body — from the constant stress of going.[1]

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[1] Writing In A Journal Has Helped Me Create My Future And Achieve My Goals .
Of all the things that have been helpful to me in personal growth and goal achievement, using my journal daily is at the foundation.
By Benjamin P. Hardy. Contributor, Inc.com. https://www.inc.com/benjamin-p-hardy/how-i-use-my-journal-to-create-my-future-achieve-my-goals.html

 

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