Your Brain Needs a Rest – This is a “Q2” Not a “Q4” Activity!

I find so many people in my sessions defiantly  telling me they “like” Quadrant 4″, because they like watching tv, surfing the internet…it’s just the way it is, they say….I love when I hear that because my next question is….”so is taking some time for tv or the internet important for you to do to relax? ”  And I get a resounding, “YES!!!”  If it is important I gently point out, then it is a very, very good quadrant 2 activity…where important lives.  And they go, OOOOHHHH…I SEE!!!!  And they learn it is OKAY to take a break.  We are only in Quadrant 4 when it becomes EXCESSIVE, choosing to watch tv for hours and then paying the price knowing you SHOULD have been spending that excessive time on something much more important to you and the people around you.

Be kind to yourself…I know some of us overachievers feel like we have to keep moving, get things done.  But we cannot get things done well if our brains are exhausted.  When we think or plan or do create work we are using about 20% of our entire body’s energy load.  You MUST pause and let your pre-frontal cortex regenerate.  Research shows that by just pausing for even 10 minutes, you will do much better work or even have a much healthier conversation with family members.  Watch TV if you like.  Play a round of Angry Birds.  Take a walk around the office building and just quiet your mind.    Me?  I love a good People magazine once a week on the airplane.  Just to not have to think very hard, laugh a little (very good brain food) and take my mind off of everything else.  Just for a little while.  Very, very q2!

Contribvted by Kory Kogon – Global Practice Leader – Productivity