• Richie Crowley

The Wonders A Weekend Away Does For Creativity

Rest is a gateway to creativity, and sometimes we forget that.

I’m a hustler.

I’ve completely bought into the hustler’s mentality.

Better yet, the hustler’s economy.

I’ve publicly opposed relationships to work that lead to burnout while abusing my personal relationship to work because “I’m different.”

Watching The Last Dance about Michael Jordan doesn’t help.

But, this weekend, I stepped away.

Save for a 15-minute window of email engagement on Saturday morning, I spent the entire weekend with my laptop closed.

My to-do list still had significant items left on it but I needed to resist completing them.

To all but guarantee I wouldn’t engage with work I stored my laptop away and I left the house.

I spent Saturday riding my bike 42 miles around our part of the world. Tiring myself out, leaving just enough energy to cook a fresh dinner then collapse into bed.

Sunday was my partner’s birthday, whose wishes of ocean swims brought us away from the house and again let the sun zap our energy, ushering us to another early bedtime.

But here I am, Monday morning excited to return to my projects.

And more focused than ever.

My to-do list is no longer intimidating, and I know the exact steps I need to take to cross the next items off.

For creativity, this morning alone, I’ve opened 7 new drafts and spilled articulate thoughts into each.

This rest also did wonders for my focus. This morning, I don’t loathe work, I was so excited to return to my lists and keyboard, that the items that usually compete for my attention (emails, social media, texts) aren’t interesting.

Rest is a gateway to creativity, and sometimes we forget that.

In Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, author Adam Grant talks about how those who procrastinate have an advantage because what they’re really doing is incubating an idea, over and over in their head, and when they begin work, they have such clarity.

Stepping away can return clarity.

Give it a try.

Richie. Human.

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