Yesterday was a day of non-stop productivity. I was hotter than the Cleveland Indians. (Side note - no Cleveland team has lost a game since the Cavs won the NBA championship. The Indians streak is at 10).
I took calls like a switchboard operator. I had productive meetings. I ate at my desk. When I got a break I went to the fitness center and worked out.
(More important side note: The break to go to the fitness center was scheduled on my calendar. If I wait for a fitness center break to magically appear, it usually doesn't happen).
When there were unscheduled breaks, I made a few phone calls to fix things or answer questions that were on my list. Joe just got a car - how do we transfer the title? Why is the Enquirer not showing up in my driveway on Sundays? Etc.
After work, I came home, and immediately went to Vacation Bible School where I had dinner and helped out. I came home, made milkshakes, sat down on the couch a little before 10, and passed out.
And there was the problem. Nowhere during the day did I unplug and rest for even 15 minutes. During the drive I listened to a book. I crammed as much as I could in to the day.
Today I want to have a similar day, with one change: I will take a few minutes, a couple times during the day to unplug and rest. Experience has taught me that when I do this, I will actually have a more productive day. Research tells me that it busts up stress and is better for my heart.
Call it meditation, call it visualization, call it what you will - I need to take a 5-10 minute break a couple of times today.
So do you.