5 Reasons You Should Take a Break and Review Your Progress

5 Reasons You Should Take a Break and Review Your Progress

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So many young people are driven by ambition especially getting into their twenties going forward. The idea of starting a business or getting into a career is always exciting. As a young person you have so much enthusiasm and zeal to take on the world and do great things and that is a great thing.

Strangely enough it is possible that you may not really get far in life in spite of the enthusiasm you might have had in the initial stages. One of the reasons I have personally identified is that you may be constantly working and not taking the time to rest and reflect on the work that you are doing.

As an analogy think about your favorite car, whatever it may be. I am sure you will appreciate that no matter how good powerful it is you cannot drive it 24/7. It goes through stages where it needs maintenance, refueling and so on. The same applies to you. Have you found your dream job or started a business that you are passionate about?

If that is the case you are very excited about what you are doing but you need to remember that you need to take a break now and again. You also need to review your progress and think about where you are going. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Fresh perspective

I have seen a number of times when my software programmer friends get stuck when developing programs or apps. Sometimes they get a bit frustrated when they cannot find the required solutions but when they take a break and come to the problem they find a solution which in many cases was a simple one.

The same applies to you. The solution to your problem will often be right under your nose but because when your brain gets tired it cannot process complex problems effectively. So the next time you don’t seem to be making a progress remember to get away from it for a bit to gain fresh perspective.

2. Renewed energy

Just as a car needs to be refueled after its tank runs dry you also need to refuel your body to continue working on your goals. It pays to unwind and refill your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual tank.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31

When you also take the time to think about what you have done and measure it against what you set out to do it gives you fresh perspective as mentioned above. It also encourages you when you see areas to adjust to make more progress.

3. To maintain motivation

When you are constantly working it becomes easy to lose the meaning of the work that you are doing. Take a break and do something fun. That may be travelling, going out with the guys and girls, and spending quality time with your family or whatever else that is fun to you.

Doing these things gives meaning to the work that you are doing and that is also fuel to help you keep going through the difficult times. When you are having a bad day and you take a break to think about the reason you got started in the first place it will keep you going. Perhaps that is to provide for your family, raise money to contribute to an orphanage, to break free from a job you hate, etc.

Whatever that reason is, do not get agitated when things are not going your way but rest and think about these things.

4. To maintain good health

If you are going to accomplish what you are aspire to do in life you are going to need to have overall wellbeing or good health. Good health is not just physical but also emotional, spiritual and mental. Your health is important because once it is lost you may never be able to truly recover it.

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

The further you go in life the tougher the challenges you are going to encounter so you need to do physical exercise, pray and meditate on the word of God, consume inspirational and personal development material and spend time with people that inspire you to be better.

5. To sharpen the axe

I remember seeing a quote recently that implied that we should never be too busy to sharpen the axe. This is a metaphor that refers to sharpening your skills and reading more so that you can be more effective at what you are doing.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

While working to achieve your goals is necessary learning a new skill may just be the missing piece to your jigsaw puzzle. It may be the difference between winning gold and silver, getting the job ahead of other candidates or winning a tender for your company versus losing it to others.

 

This is not an exhaustive list however. Do you know of other reasons why you should take a break often? Be sure to share them in the comments below.

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Sija Mafu

Sija Mafu is an Online Enthusiast, Personal Development Fan, Global Business owner and a Master in The Art of Living. Also as a devout Christian, his vision is to see young people take responsibility for their lives and create bright futures for themselves, their families and society at large.

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