We want to succeed, improve our work, write better. So we grind away, working more, harder, believing that’s what we should do.
But that’s wrong.
Yes, we need to work hard. And yes, that often equates to long hours, dogged days, grinding away.
Yet, there are times when no matter how many hours you put in, hard work just doesn’t work. In fact, working harder works against you.
When the ideas stop flowing, solutions don’t arise, or words stop prancing from your fingers, that’s a good indicator that you need to do something different, drastically different.
That’s when the best thing you can do is this. Stop. Walk away. Rest. Roll your chair back and take a walk around the block, maybe even go for a hike.
Sometimes even that’s not enough. You need to unplug. Get out of your phone, out of the state, out of the country, for days, weeks. You need to get lost.
You need rest.
Resting can be the best thing for your work. It’s where you can recharge your energy cells, your brain, your heart, your soul.
When you’re lost, read a book, a novel, something entertaining, something that makes you laugh. Paint a landscape painting, journal in your Moleskin, drink good wine. Do anything else but work.
And you will feel yourself being restored; the space to recuperate will leave you refreshed. You will be renewed. You’ll feel the energy to work return.
When you get back to your desk, you will find that the ideas will flow afresh, solutions will come anew, and words will dance from your fingers again.
As a result, your work will be better.
Great work comes with good rest.