It’s time for a break. Let us consider the often overlooked value of time off. Taking a break from work or going on sabbatical isn’t just a necessity. It’s the key to a fulfilled, successful life. Time off helps us expand our creativity and take our work to the next level. How exactly does a person take time off? We share 3 tips to help get you started.
1. Spend 5-10 minutes every day doing nothing
This means no texting, no checking your email, watching TV, or reading. You can easily find 5 or 10 minutes to carve out of your day first thing in the morning or before going to sleep. Focus on your thoughts, what do you think about in those 10 minutes? Whatever comes to your mind helps you become more aware of your own positive or negative thinking patterns. Mindfulness experts agree that there are mental health benefits to doing nothing for 10 minutes but observing your thoughts.
2. Take the time to feel beautiful
Beauty is something we feel, not something we understand. Take time every day to feel beautiful and do simple things that feel refreshing too. It doesn’t have to mean dressing up for a fancy event or going to the spa. Whether its putting together your outfit in the morning or wearing a new pair of shoes, feeling beautiful should be a simple part of your daily routine. Nowadays, feeling beautiful is synonymous with feeling refreshed. For example, we suggest carrying Be. The Solution hand wipes (coming soon!) with you for on-the-go refreshing moments. All it takes is a few minutes to feel beautiful, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day.
3. Try going on sabbatical
The purpose of going on sabbatical is to shake off staleness. After a 3 month, 6 month, or yearlong break, the quality of your work and relationships improves over time. Most of us can’t imagine taking a year off our work to devote solely to projects that interest us. However, in this engaging talk, Stefan Sagmeister a designer known for creating album covers for famous musicians explains his decision to take one year off to work purely on his own projects.
So, there you have it, taking time off (no matter how short or long) is an experiment worth trying.