With just a couple of days before Christmas, many people have already taken leave and have finished for the holiday. They have tied up emails, posted out of office messages, are buying festive food and are starting to spend time with their family.
I work with many early-stage businesses and also know from personal experience, that it is unusual for many of this community to routinely take time off from their business. However, as I have written a lot about recently, taking a break is not only important for wellbeing but also to make room for creativity.
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” Wayne Dyer
I have therefore made a conscious effort to check in with my mentees, where possible, to:
- reflect on and celebrate recent achievements, taking stock to identify and acknowledge how far they have come,
- offload any current challenges that are taking up headspace and
- create focus and the short term plans to address the unaddressed challenges in the New Year
Unless you can both effectively offload and make a plan for how to tackle any challenges or immediate priorities, it is very difficult to adequately switch off.
I also encourage the sharing of worries or challenges to ensure that an opportunity arises to co-create a solution.
“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” Lyndon B. Johnson
You don’t know what you don’t know and therefore if you can speak to a subject expert or business mentor they are well placed to help you and your business to reduce unnecessary overwhelm and map a way forward.
Seeking out peace shouldn’t just be for Christmas, but it is a perfect time to practice fully switching off and immersing yourself into being rather than doing. If this is not the norm for you, I predict you will be surprised what a positive effect this has on you and your business when you resume again.
“At times, productivity means doing nothing at all.” “Treasure yourself for being, not doing.” Gina Greenlee