Everyone wants to stay on top of their game, both on the job and in life. When it comes to marketing – and really any job, there are always challenges to overcome, and more than enough people looking for a little help. What is one of the best things we can put into practice to help us be all that we can be?
Take a break.
It’s simple, possibly cliche advice, but could really improve our business if put in to practice. According to research the workplace is one of the largest contributing factors to stress across the board. This probably isn’t a surprise to most of us, because that is how we usually work – stressed. Between phone calls, meetings, emails, training, and a plethora of other tasks we are busy, and if we are honest our brains often suffer major burnout. However, research has shown that taking a break is one of the best ways to recharge that busy mind, amp up your productivity, and boost creativity.
What’s a break anyway?
There are simple ways to do this without having to take an hour to meditate every day, unless that is your thing. Go on a walk, read a few pages out of a book, eat a snack or your lunch, or find someone interesting to talk to. You can do just about anything sensible that takes you away from your work station, and your brain will have a chance to reboot.
For those who find it hard to step away from their work, the key here is balance. While taking at least one break is always a good idea, there is no need to go overboard. The best time to take a break is when you find yourself continually distracted, at a loss for what to do next, or when you are just too tired to keep going. In other words, if you are on a roll and feel great keep going, if not take a break.
You Are Your Best Asset
The whole point is to stay on our “A” game. There are lots of great tools out there to help us in our jobs, but the best asset is always us, and keeping us happy makes for better business. Those strategies, emails, phone calls, and blogs will all get handled a whole lot easier, and with a lot more finesse when are brains are at 100%. It’s good to know the best tool doesn’t cost us a whole lot of dough, but can still pack a punch – or two.