Last week, I went home to Chicago and saw my dad’s side of the family for the first time in fifteen years. We extravagantly celebrated my grandmother’s 100th birthday in classic Tolbert fashion. I planned to bring my laptop but left it at home. Instead of squeezing in work, I played with babies and reminisced on memories.
Successful entrepreneurs travel a lot, but that travel is usually associated with the business. There is even a thing called work-cation, where you work while on vacation.
That’s all fine and dandy, but it is also not real rest.
It has been proven that taking frequent short breaks throughout the day improves productivity – but they need to be real breaks.
For example, not posting to social media while taking a social media break also includes not mindlessly scrolling or opening apps.
You must entirely disengage from whatever you are doing for a break to be truly rejuvenating.
Creative moments occur when the mind is relaxed rather than actively working since this is when the brain’s creative centers are most active.Tweet
I noticed that while in Chicago, I did not worry about my manuscript or work, even as orders poured in for book reviews.
Much of that has to do with a promise I made to myself at the end of 2022 that 2023 wouldn’t be a year of fatigue and exhaustion. I vowed not to rush the process or take on too much.
Rather than take my laptop and edit, I spent most of the time eating, laughing, sleeping, and basking in my family’s love.
I learned that my 12-year-old niece didn’t know who Emmett Till was, so we took her and baby girl with us to the DuSable Museum.
Things are coming to me effortlessly as a result of letting things be. Yesterday, I found out that I am Soul (which is now at 71 reviews on Amazon!) and TWWBE are nearly sold out at Medu (again), identified a location for a future project, and established the groundwork for an event to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.
As the cool air whistles in from my back door, which is open, and the birds chirp their favorite afternoon tunes, I will continue to allow things to flow smoothly as I become a better version of myself.