It is 10am and you have just finished a grueling white paper that you have sweated over for weeks. Job well done…now what’s next? You could start on the next report, visit your team in the bullpen or any of a hundred other easily quantifiable tasks. How do you choose?
Gary Keller emphasizes in his book, The One Thing, when we are in a situation where we can decide what to do next, we should ask ourselves what is the one thing that will deliver the best result over time. That’s it. It could be any of the above or more. Simply take a moment to review your options and get to work on the one you deem the best for all involved.
Simple, right? But I would like to add one more option to this selection process that many of us forget. Take a break. We all know that multitasking is a term that does not exist in reality but we also forget that we cannot be “on” 24/7. Work is work and home is home and both require your constant attention. But we need down time. Anything from taking a vacation to just taking a minute to stare out the window. Let your mind rest, let it go blank. After your break, you will be shocked how much more focused you will be.
So when you have finished that killer project and you are deciding what journey to take your brain on next, add rest as one of the options to choose from.
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