Indulging in the quiet moments

One thing I’ve come to appreciate over the past couple of years is the power of quiet time. I savor the in-between moments. Every week I look forward to the little indulgences like slowly sipping a hot mug of coffee on Saturday morning, curling up with a good book, or making PB&Js and hitting the road for an adventure. The peace of mind that I get from weekend road trips to the coast or curling up on the sofa with a good read is critical to my work week energy levels. We need to take time to recharge.

Never underestimate the value of unplugging and taking time for you. A clear mind is critical for turning out quality work when a new week starts. I’m convinced that a well-rested mind makes my work better. Sometimes we just need to “reboot.”

Looking for a little unplugging inspiration?

Here are two books that I recently read that touch on the importance of quiet time. Both are written by successful people who have made a commitment to making time for themselves despite their busy careers, and they have become even more successful (and healthier) because of it. While I couldn’t always relate to both authors 100%, I loved reading their best practices for managing a hectic work schedule, getting quality sleep, and prioritizing quiet time whenever possible. Both books are definitely worth a read.

Friends, let’s make sure we indulge and carve a little “me time” out for ourselves every day. It’s so important. Even if it’s just a half an hour at the very end of the day, find a quiet nook and take some time for yourself.

“Make the present moment your friend rather than your enemy. Because many people live habitually as if the present moment were an obstacle that they need to overcome in order to get to the next moment. And imagine living your whole life like that, where always this moment is never quite right, not good enough because you need to get to the next one…”

– Dan Harris, 10% Happier

Tell me, how do you unwind during your busy weeks? At the end of a long day, I love curling up on the sofa with a good book or taking a peek at my favorite blogs. When the weekend comes, nothing clears the mind like a good Saturday hike or breakfast on the patio. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for “recharging.” Do share!

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Recommended reading:
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris

 
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