I sometimes get stuck in the middle of the day. My mind starts listing out any number of things I need to complete by six o’clock. This can lead to a near panic attack, I kid you not.
I always intend to go to an exercise class at the local gym at 12:30, but rarely take time for it because I’m too busy…you know, all those things I need to get done by six…
Yesterday, however, I unchained myself from my computer. I yanked on my tennis shoes and headed for the car. I arrived at the gym at 12:20 and perused the class listings for 12:30. (Yes, I knew there would be a class. But, no, I hadn’t a clue if it would be aerobics, muscle, or stretching.) It turned out to be Beginning Yoga.
How hard could that be?
Not hard at all, as it turned out. But, I was in for a few surprises.
The exercise room was dark, except for little battery-operated candles that were scattered on the floor throughout the space. Soft music played over the speakers.
I stumbled to an empty spot near the back. I soon realized I couldn’t see the instructor from that location, so I moved to the front row.
Her soothing voice and the soft melodies soon pushed my myriad thoughts aside, as I focused on my breathing and sense of well-being.
Tranquility in the middle of a busy day!
Stress that I carry in my neck and shoulders all but disappeared. My face relaxed.
If there had been a bed nearby, I could have crawled into it and napped the rest of the afternoon.
Back at home, I grabbed a glass of iced tea and headed toward my office. My head was now clear of the “clutter” and I was able to complete four hours of more creative and productive work than I could recall doing in weeks.
OK. So, you’ve tried yoga and it’s just not your thing. I get it. Try going for a stroll, riding a bike ride, enjoying a massage, taking a drive up to the lake…
The point is: take a break.
Unchain yourself from your computer.
Relax and Refocus.
I’m betting you’ll find yourself doing the best work you’ve produced in a long, long time.
And, remember: close it down at six o’clock.