Take a Break

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Creativity, Kaizen-Muse, Ultimate Blog Challenge | 10 comments

Take a Break

Sometimes you hit a wall with a project and you just can’t seem to deal with it. Can’t get over, under, around, or through. And if you try for too long, all you end up with is a bloody forehead.

This, my friends, is when it’s time to take a break.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a break. We call it, in Kaizen-Muse, a Lull. Lull is the muse of taking some time away from your project to recharge so you can come back with energy and a fresh perspective. No matter how much we believe we should power through to the bitter end, sometimes the only way to reach that finish line is to wander off the metaphorical track for a while and look at some flowers or go for a walk or work on something completely different so you engage different parts of your brain and rest the ones that need a little time off.

So go. Read a book. Have dinner with friends. Take a week and work with your hands if you usually work mostly with your brain (and vice versa). Sit and watch the clouds roll by without having to think about anything. It may take a few minutes or a few days. You’ll know which feels right.

Now, be warned: Lull is your friend, but you need to engage with her with caution. It’s really easy to start using Lull as an excuse to keep from getting anything done. When you feel resistance creeping in, it’s time to get up and do something before you end up under a giant pile of inertia and procrastination, which is its own kind of block—and one that’s tough to resolve.

For now, though, take 10 minutes to recharge your brain with some really nice, relaxing music. Then see how the ideas that have been rattling around in your brain improve as a result!


  1. I agree. When things won’t work or go into place easily that is when its time to get up and go do something else. I think it gives our brain time to go over the situation and find a solution.
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    • You’re exactly right, Shawn. It also helps to look at something else just because you never know what might trigger the answer you’re looking for.

  2. I agree that it’s important to take a break periodically. I can keep working until I drop, and then nobody is benefited from that, neither me nor my family. Thanks for the reminder!
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    • So true, Amy! We have to take care of ourselves, whether we’re solo or have others depending on us. Enjoy your break!

  3. Ah, I would like to meet Lull. Think I’ll plan for that soon :)

    • Do! She’s a wonderful “soul” to visit. :)

  4. What a great way to spend 10 minutes. I enjoyed this and must to take a few short minutes for myself through out the day to re-energize.
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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, William!

  5. I have most of my creative downloads from the universe when I’m taking a walk – or during sleep. Taking a break is the best way to get perspective, and revive your excitement to get back to your project. Great advice, Nancy!
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    • Yes–a walk is a great break, and getting out of your head and into your body helps get the creative neurons firing. Sleep is interesting, too. I’ve never personally had a great idea come to me in the middle of the night, but there are plenty of people who have!

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