One habit that I’ve maintained religiously since my first experience more than 30 years ago at The Peninsula Hong Kong is a commitment to a late-afternoon break for a cup of hot tea.
Now things were a smidge different back then. Coat-and-tie was the expected attire for men, and women wore dresses, not pantsuits or whatever the going fashion is today. Things have loosened up considerably, sadly; I actually saw someone in short pants in the lobby at The Pen a while back. O.M.G!!!
But that’s not the point (luckily for you, dear reader!) of this post.
No. What I’m focusing on today is the value of setting aside some “you” time each day…some time when you pause, take a deep breath, and allow a little serenity to wash over you.
You’re busy. I get that. We’re all busy…or should be.
As I counsel my students and advisees at Curry College, taking a few minutes (I average about an hour, to be honest) to relax and let your thoughts wander down pleasant country lanes or watch boats gliding in the harbor can do wonders for your overall productivity.
Life doesn’t have to be all about rush-rush-rush. Yes…you have responsibilities and deadlines. Yes, you have to balance your work life with your personal life (you do have one, I hope?!?). But you will find, once you’ve settled into your “teatime ritual,” that you will turn back to your tasks with a refreshed “aaaahhh” that will spark enthusiasm and creativity.
In my much earlier days as a PR pro managing programs here, there, and everywhere, I didn’t completely understand all this. I thought I had to be physically “on” the entire time…that I had to be cranking out product nonstop.
What I didn’t understand was the toll that this frantic activity took on me and on my creativity.
What’s changed? Purely and simply, my understanding that the world isn’t going to come to a fiery, crashing halt if I allow myself some downtime…some “me” time.
I get it, though. You’re a lot younger than I am. You need to “prove” yourself to your higher-ups in order to nail that coveted promotion or cool assignment.
One final piece of unsolicited advice…if your boss/supervisor/client doesn’t appreciate the fact that you’re a living, breathing human being who benefits from periods of calm serenity, you might want to re-evaluate the relationship. Food for thought.
Remember this…regardless of who or where you are, it’s teatime somewhere.