“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”
We all need vacations. At least once a year. Twice is better. Whether you decide to travel within your country, or outside your country depends on you and your budget. But in the end, if we want to unwind ourselves, add zest to our life from all the hustle-bustle of our mundane lifestyle, and the constant pressures from the office, we need breaks. All works and no plays make Jack a dull boy. Here, our “plays” are a suitcase, some clothes, essential necessities, tickets, passport, and off to explore the world.
The reason why people who tend to travel often succeed more at work than those who don’t is because travelling diversifies one’s mind. You want to know in details? Read on.Advertising
1. They are open-minded.
People who are involved in office works, especially the high level corporate office leaders have agreed that once they come back from a holiday, they tend to focus more on works. Their minds get fresh, more open towards the world. They are more ambitious, they have a clearer perspective on everything, and more importantly, they are more optimistic.
2. They have a wider range in networking.
When you are visiting another country for a conference, or workshops, you are inclined to meet people from different parts of the world. This helps you to promote yourself, to build up a social networking. These people stay in your contact lists. This is a crucial point if you are keen to expand your networking.
3. They are good at organizing.
If your service involves logistic problems, HR, accounting, or anything related to handling cash, then this will help you to organize better. How? If you plan to travel to a different country, regardless of whether you are travelling alone, with family, friends, or even business trips, you are steering a lot of things—things like taking care of your passport, different currency, where to stay, what to do, where to eat, looking after your companion(s), etc. Once you are back to the office, your tasks will seem easier for you to complete.Advertising
4. They know a lot about other cultures.
When you are on an overseas travel, your eyes open up to different cultures. Having first hand multi-cultural experiences will aid you to understand how people handle different situations regarding life or office works. Observing international style of work will able you to apply some to your own occupation as well.
5. They are better at socializing.
International travel means a scope for acquiring knowledge about different cultures, languages, etc. Those cultures, languages, society, everything is dissimilar to your own. You can take a short language lesson prior to visiting the country, or buy a translated book, but whatever it is that you do, you will always be tested at your social skill. This includes how well you articulate in that foreign country with the locals, your patience, your tactfulness, and your etiquette. If you can succeed in this “examination,” then you can easily thrive in your career.
6. They get a fresh start after every trip.
What happens when your electronic device freezes? You restart or refresh it, and it starts working fine again. Similarly, we all need to reinvigorate our brains at one point in time. And the best way to do that is to take a break, even if it’s for a short period of time. Going abroad is a better therapy. A pleasure trip will make you forget about your everyday chores, and your hectic life. Trips like these will leave you fall in love with the world, will energise you, and make you a better person. Once you travel back home, you know you are ready to face the reality with a fresh mind.Advertising
“A well travelled person is an astute business person. There is perspective gained from international travel that cannot be matched in a classroom or office environment.”
—Cathay Pacific Senior Vice President Americas, Philippe Lacamp.
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Last Updated on March 13, 2019
How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck
Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?
You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.
Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:
1. Work on the small tasks.
When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.
Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.
2. Take a break from your work desk.
Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.
Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.
Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.
The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?
4. Talk to a friend.
Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.
Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.
If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.
Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.
Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.
6. Paint a vision to work towards.
If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.
Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?
Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.
The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.
Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.
Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.
8. Have a quick nap.
If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.
9. Remember why you are doing this.
Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.
What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.
10. Find some competition.
Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.
Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.
11. Go exercise.
Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.
Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.
As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.
12. Take a good break.
Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.
Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.
Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.
Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime
More Resources About Getting out of a Rut
- How to Get Out of a Rut and Start Living the Life You Desire
- Feeling So Stuck in Life That You’re About to Give Up? Help is Here!
- How to Get Unstuck in Life and Live a More Fulfilling Life
- How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up
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