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Need Some Downtime?

Cheryl  Richardson
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Mar 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM 0 comments

After a year of full-on travel, I decided to give myself the gift of downtime.  No airplanes.  No emails.  No phone calls or meetings.  Just lots of rest, daydreaming, relaxation, movies, reading good books, sleeping late, laughter, and long, lazy visits with friends.

Downtime is essential to restoring creativity, imagination, energy, and perspective.  It's so easy to get swept up by the flow of a busy life that we forget to stop and see if the current is moving in the right direction.  

Your willingness to pull back from life every now and then to rest and reflect, will impact the choices you make - both personally and professionally.  A meaningful life unfolds when we get in the habit of checking in on ourselves by asking questions like:  

•    Am I really happy with how I'm spending my time?

•    Do I feel good about the progress I'm making in life?

•    Am I getting my needs met on a regular basis?

•    Am I growing & becoming a better person?

•    Do I laugh enough?

•    Do I feel moved & inspired by my life?

•    Am I stimulated & challenged by friends & colleagues?

•    Am I actually spending time on what I say matters most?

•    Is my life contributing to others in a significant way?

The answers to these questions determine the level of fulfillment, meaning, and satisfaction your life delivers.  And in the end, it's the only delivery that counts.  

 I'm off to ponder the above questions and I hope you'll join me.  To get started, just schedule an hour sometime during the week for a long walk and take a couple questions with you.  Then, consider a longer period of time with a notebook and pen in hand.  

The quality of your life depends on it.

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Print out the questions above to use during your next scheduled downtime. Oh, and be sure to schedule it in your calendar, too.

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