Confession time: I struggle mightily with downtime. Like many in today’s world, I am constantly on the go, whizzing from one thing to the next. Go, go, go. Work, work, work. Can you relate? If so, today I’ll share seven ways you can reclaim your downtime.
1. Decide that it is Possible
The first step to reclaiming your downtime is to believe that you can do it.
If you go through life believing that you don’t control your own schedule, you will never control it. If you go through each day thinking that you’ll never truly have downtime, you won’t.
Can business success lead to business failure? Yes. I’ve allowed it to happen. Seven years removed from my time at one business, I had time to do an autopsy. Here is what I learned.
One of my favorite authors, if you haven’t noticed already is Greg McKeown, author of the book, Essentialism. He writes about what he calls the clarity paradox. The question he asked is:
Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful?
He then presented four stages which moderately successful business often go through:
Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2:When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3:When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4:Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.