5 April 2018

Taking time out to waste time!

Time out building snowmen with the family.

I often talk about the importance of taking a break and how important this is for mental health and, ultimately, success. But, do you ever grant yourself that time?

There’s a common misconception in the business arena that you have to work every hour of the day to be successful. Whilst you absolutely have to put in an extraordinary amount of work and make sacrifices, especially in the early days, time spent switching off is certainly not time wasted.

I’ve been in the mountains for a few days with my family and some of the UKFast team in Switzerland. I am always at home here. The mountains, despite my avalanche accident, are where I feel most at peace. Perhaps it’s the crisp, mountain air or the beautiful views with not a tower block in sight!

It’s been fantastic to have some peace away from the office. I’ve always been passionate about painting and art, and recently started drawing with an iPad and stylus – it’s the perfect portable time-waster! Being away from the office, I’ve been able to grab some quiet time. I could easily lose hours to ‘painting’ and doodling image after image with it.

Whilst this may seem like a waste of time, actually it’s a real luxury! When do you ever treat yourself to some time away from the rat race?

Time-wasting for peace of mind

Switching off from the day-to-day worries and giving your mind some peace is a key ingredient of being successful particularly when you consider the rise in anxiety and depression in the UK. Research by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), reported by The Independent, shows that rates of ‘moderate to extreme’ anxiety and depression among employees has soared by 30.5 per cent since records began in 2013.

It’s not healthy to constantly be ‘on’. You’re also guaranteeing burnout. No-one can be successful if they are burnt out, it’s that simple.

Today has been a busy day so now it’s time to switch off and get back to painting.

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