I learned this lesson many years ago – and have to remind myself of it often.
Early in my TC business, I was everything – marketer, salesperson, tech support, bookkeeper, website developer, oh, and also the Transaction Coordinator. Thankfully this was before social media, or I’d also have been the social media expert as well for my company.
One particular Thursday I’d been working hard trying to resolve an issue with my website. It seemed like a simple issue, and I went at it full steam. I was trying one thing after another to no avail. Researching online forums, blog posts, and articles then trying a new thing, then going back and doing more research and more and …still with no results that solved the problem. Some only seemed to make the situation worse.
Angry, frustrated and about to call it quits or toss my computer into the trash, I decided I’d had it for the moment. I walked into the family room and saw a DVD I’d recently picked up and decided to watch the movie. At that point, nothing I’d tried to do was working anyway, so I figured “what the heck” a few more hours wouldn’t be the end of the world. I turned off my computer, turned off the phone and checked the clock; I still had a time before the bus showed up to deliver the kiddos from school.
Chocolat was the movie, and it was just enough to transform me to another place for a while. The feisty lead female character was ruffling the feathers of a very conservative town by opening a chocolate shop. If you haven’t seen it yet – you can watch the trailer here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32x33l2sLe8
After the movie, I went to my computer to resume the fight for the solution I needed to resolve the issue with my website. Something almost magical happened – I clicked a few keys, and viola – the situation was resolved and BAM my website was now fixed.
Somehow during the time I wasn’t thinking about the problem, when I was resting and simply enjoying the movie one of two things happened; 1 – the website fairies got together and agreed to give me a break and solved the issue or 2 – my brain, the mysterious computer that it is, was able to work in the background while I was watching a movie and not focused on what wasn’t working, to solve the issue.
I’m confident it was the rest and changing my focus for a few hours that solved the problem. Moreover, I’m not alone; studies show that rest is essential to our body and minds.
According to an article in Psychology Today, Here are 4 things you should do when your brain is tired
1 – Make fewer decisions.
2 – Go See Green
3 – Get up
4 – Take a rest
I know that running a business is exciting, rewarding, and also it can be overwhelming. There are so many things to do, and sometimes the clock seems to be working against us. Often the last thing it feels like we have time to do is rest, but I’m here to tell you that if you don’t do it on your own, your body will eventually force you to. Rest, relaxation and time away from our work is where our creative juices can flow and be energized. It’s where the “magic” happens. There should be no shame or guilt in taking time off to rest and recharge. So the next time you’re fighting with technology, or trying to figure out a solution to a problem that isn’t coming, perhaps a walk in the park or a movie is just what will help you as it did me.