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!