As creative entrepreneurs, we're told about the importance of downtime often. And we all know we need it. But, in today's "always on" world, it's hard to disconnect sometimes. With never-ending to do lists and technology to constantly remind us of what we should be doing, we struggle to justify downtime to ourselves. But downtime is needed. Without it, we miss out on those "ah-ha" moments that come naturally when you aren't being distracted by the long list in front of you.
Struggling to really hit the pause button? Here are 5 of our favorite ways to relax and refresh.
1. Have a glass of wine. (Or two).
I love to end a day of work with a big glass of chardonnay. I love that this is a truly easy and convenient way to let your mind take a break.
2. Get outside.
Whether I'm going for a walk or tanning by the pool, this always makes me feel like a totally new person. Even taking your work outdoors can jump start new thoughts! I definitely work better when I'm working on my rooftop patio soaking in a little Vitamin D.
3. Take a vacation. And leave your laptop at home.
Sometimes this can be scary to do, but I always have my best creative thoughts when I take a vacation where I'm completely disconnected. I didn't bring my laptop when I went to Florida with my family this year and I was blowing Kristin's phone up with work ideas not because I HAD to, but because my relaxation had sparked so many ideas!
4. Get organized.
It sounds crazy, we know. But hear us out. Kristin started the habit of picking up and putting away things every night before going to bed as a way to keep her space clean and secondly to clear her mind before laying down for the night. Now, she does it anytime she feels overwhelmed. It's an easy task she knows how to conquer and the reward of it can be seen (and felt!) immediately.
5. Read (or listen) to a new book.
Getting inside of someone else's head is a great way to get out of your own. Need some recos to get started? I just finished listening to Amy Poehler's Yes Please and started Sofia Amaruso's #girlboss! For fiction, see Gillian Flynn. All of her work is very dark, but incredibly well written.
6. Be a party of more than one.
Whether you're just snuggling on the couch with your person or you get out with a big group of friends, this is probably our favorite way to use our downtime. When we're working it's often alone with our computers, so a little human interaction is the ultimate way to get into a totally different mindset.
What are your favorite things to do in your downtime? Any fun hobbies or recommendations for us to try?