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Have you ever heard the advice, “You should strive to do the
most productive thing possible at any given moment?”
But what if the most productive thing that you can be doing is
recharging your personal battery by sitting on a bench with a
friend or family member, or maybe even just by yourself and staring
at the clouds while imaging the different images and characters you
see as the white puffs float lazily on by?
You see some of us, and I include myself in this group, spread
ourselves very thin and commit to getting so much done that we get
overwhelmed at times. And if each decision we make regarding the
most productive and best use our time is purely weighted against
work related projects and activities, ignoring our personal health,
we will certainly find out that in the long run we will lose
valuable time as we recover from stress or burnout.
Throughout my childhood, my youth, and my business career I have
had some little league and high school football coaches as well as
supervisors and managers tell me, sometimes even shout at me, to
get my head back in the game. And many times this was extremely
sound advice and a much needed wake-up call from my daydreaming.
But there were other times where I knew that the best and most
productive use of my time was to get my head out of the game and
into the clouds.
At this time of year there will be children moving ahead from
elementary school to middle school and middle school to high
school. We will also celebrate with our high school and college
grads as they prepare for their next adventures in life’s journey.
And I hope that regardless of where we all find ourselves at this
very moment, whether we are the individual moving on or graduating
or if we are a proud parent or supporting friend or family member
of a graduate, we remember that a strong work ethic and positive,
energetic attitude will certainly propel us forward, but taking the
time to reflect, recharge, and re-energize our mind, body, and
spirit will increase our chances of sustainable long term
When we take the time to meditate, write, pray, read, smell the
roses, take walks, or just simply rest on a bench and watch the
clouds go by, we give ourselves a chance to become inspired, and in
turn really think about what the most productive thing is that we
can be doing when we do decide to reengage in life and in our
studies or our work.
Tell me about the last time you took some time for you or just
stared up in the sky as the clouds rolled by, maybe even what you
saw at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s
make it a better than good week.
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of
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