Last year my wife and I went on holiday in Greece. And apart from a rather memorable incident (the yacht we were staying on sank … it’s a long story), we had an amazing time.
So amazing in fact, that we chose to carry on being on vacation even after we came back. We started to take mental holidays.
We decided that after the work day was over, we would mentally shut off from all of our tasks and responsibilities, and relish a precious hour or two together before bed time. We would read a book to each other, or watch an episode of New Girl on the couch (if you aren’t addicted yet, you need to be), or take a walk and eat ice-cream. Whatever was fun or chilled out, or plain just unproductive, we would do.
I began to notice that simply “switching off” for an hour or two at the end of each day reduced my stress levels, lowered my blood pressure, and even made me more productive. I would wake up every morning with more energy, better ideas, and definitely more joy. So we turned it into a habit. And a year later I can say that it has been one of the best things we’ve ever done.
As the saying goes, a bow always in tension will soon break. I don’t know about you, but I still want to be able to shoot arrows long after my hair’s gone grey.
What productivity tips do you have that we could all benefit from? Leave a comment and let me know!