by Mike O’Mary
I’m fried. Over the past ten weeks, I’ve written at least ten speeches and presentations, plus video scripts, articles, blog posts, and hundreds and hundreds of e-mails. I’m seriously fried.
When I get like this, I need to relax. Music usually does it for me. Pretty much any kind of music. Getting away from the computer is important, too. Even if it’s just to take a walk – or to do any kind of exercise, because doing something physical is good not just for your body, but also for your mind.
Years ago when I was in graduate school, I got into a nice rhythm of working really hard for a ten-week quarter, then doing something physical to give my mind a break for a week. I remember refinishing an old oak desk during one break. That was a good break – and I used that desk for about twenty years after that.
Enjoying the arts is another great way to give yourself a break and also spark your creativity. I often find myself dreaming up new ideas while listening to a concert or watching a play.
What about you? What do you do to give yourself a break when you’re getting burned out? Please leave a comment and share your advice.
PS: Speaking of walks and the arts, I strongly recommend that you take a break this week and see “Midnight in Paris.” It’s a whimsical and humorous trip back to the literary scene of Paris in the 1920s that starts when a writer takes a walk and gets lost in Paris one night. (It’s a little like the great Griffin Dunne movie “After Hours,” but not as distrubing!) It you’re a writer, “Midnight in Paris” contains some special treats for you.