Hitting the Reset Button

Fred Wilson posted today about “hitting the reset button” when you’re in a funk.  He solicited ways to do it and the most common answers were (in no particular order):

  • exercise
  • time with kids
  • music
  • travel or just going somewhere different

These are all great answers.  For me, exercise (preferably the mindless variety) is the best way to clear my head.  If I don’t hit the reset button several times a week, I just don’t feel right — mentally or physically.

One of the things I’ve learned over my career is that downtime (be it active or inactive) is just as important as uptime in remaining productive.  In the U.S. we tend to equate productivity with number of hours worked.  We praise people that work really long hours and don’t take vacations.  Don’t get me wrong — there’s a lot to be said for hard work.  But I’ve found that I lose perspective if I don’t change gears regularly.


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