How many times has something gone wrong with your computer, tablet or mobile phone and your response to the problem is to shut down and reboot the device? Recently, I discovered, that simple solution works for human beings as well. This past summer, I shut down from the work world and rebooted three months later with a new business concept, restored energy and creativity, and a clear vision of where I wanted to go.
Now most business professionals do not have the luxury of a three-month break … but building in downtime should be a requirement for all.
These top executives offer their own reboot plans:
According to a recent New York Times article, Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device, Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco, shuts down every Saturday morning by turning off her phone or leaving it in the other room, while she paints and writes poetry.
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh his company’s creative outlook. He explains the often-overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time away in this TED video, The power of time off.
It may be one morning, a long weekend or an extended sabbatical. Force yourself to take the shut down challenge and disconnect from your work and you will feel the benefits of a reboot.
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