You’ve found this article because you are looking for ways to boost your productivity. You’ve already read about how you can organize your time more efficiently. You know that you should delegate some of your daily duties to someone you trust. What you may not have read yet is that you should go AWOL.

Wait. What? How in the world is your company supposed to run if you aren’t there to do the things you need to do? The truth is that if you are feeling as though you are in some sort of a slump, your productivity is probably already down. Taking a few days to recharge won’t hurt your bottom line. You will come back refreshed and getting more done that you did before you left, more than making up for your absence.

Going AWOL from your business doesn’t require weeks spent in a mountain tent unless, of course, that’s what you want to do. Even a day or two of putting it all to the side and doing something you love can help to boost your productivity and creativity. Here are some ideas:

1. Unplug

Yes, we are jumping on the bandwagon and telling you to unplug. Leave your cell phone at home (or at least turned off) and close your laptop. Turn off the television and open a book, take a hike or go sit in your backyard and listen to the birds. How you choose to spend your time isn’t really as important as the act of turning off your technology for a day.

It’s going to be hard at first, we aren’t going to lie. We have become so addicted to our phones and our ability to receive information in seconds that not having the ability takes some getting used to. It can be less anxiety provoking if you tell people of your plans, that way they know to contact someone else if something important comes up.


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2. Enjoy Nature

If you’re a busy person, chances are high that it’s been at least a little bit of time since you’ve been out in nature. Now is the time. You may enjoy quiet walks in the woods or silent strolls next to the water. No matter which you prefer, get out there. Being alone in nature is one of the best ways to unwind and relax — if you do it right.

Turn your phone off and stick it in your bag or pocket and leave it there. Focus on the sounds that you hear and concentrate on slowing your breathing. Walk slowly instead of at your usual fast pace. You will be amazed at how good you feel by the time your day is done.

3. Your Place

We all have a place we love. For some of us, it’s two miles down the road. For others, it’s two countries over. If you can swing it, spend some time in your place. Just planning your getaway is going to start relaxing you and helping you turn the focus back onto yourself instead of your business.

Whether you go by yourself or travel with a loved one is up to you. Some people can’t relax when they are surrounded by people, and some can’t relax when they aren’t. It really just depends on your personality. If you have the means to do it, booking a trip to your favorite place can be just what you need.

4. Your Person

Most of us have at least one person who we tell nearly everything. It’s the person who is there for us when things are good and when they are horrible. It’s the person we immediately think of when we have something to shout from the rooftops.

Get ahold of your person and spend some time with them. Make a promise with yourself to not talk about your business. Your goal here is to unwind, not bounce ideas for a new product or service off of your favorite human.

5. Pamper Yourself

Pampering yourself doesn’t require days away from the office, though you may decide to take a few. Book a day at the spa, schedule an appointment for a massage — do whatever it is that is going to allow you to close your eyes and slow your mind.

A manicure and pedicure followed by an amazing hot stone massage may be exactly what you need to unwind. A couple hours throwing weights around at the gym could be what it takes to turn your brain off. There is nothing wrong with pampering yourself. In fact, you should probably be doing more of it.

You’ve made it through all of the tips for rebooting your productivity and creativity. Maybe one of them sounded like a good idea. Perhaps reading them has you filled with a sense of dread at the thought of leaving the office. Please don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself. Your brain and body deserve a break. Once you take it, you will return to the office with a renewed sense of purpose and a boost in productivity like you’ve not seen in some time.

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