Sleep on it.

[00:00:00] You're listening to the Daily Five, an experimental podcast by Aurooba, where I talk about something for five minutes. So let's get to it, shall we? Sometimes you're just in the weeds a little too much. Sometimes you've been looking at a thing so closely that you lose focus. When you start digging into entrepreneurship and working for yourself, one of the concepts you come across is that some days you need to work in the business and some days you need to work on the business.

[00:00:44] When you've been looking at something for too long or you find yourself going in circles either on your own or with your teammates, it's a sure sign that everyone needs to just take three steps back mentally and look at the bigger picture for a hot second. Or even sometimes, you just need to leave the problem or situation alone and go focus on something else.

[00:01:08] However, sometimes even that isn't enough to break through that mental block. In those cases, it can be really helpful to sleep on it or go for a walk. You know, when you sleep on it, you're kind of giving your brain and your subconscious time to rest and process that information, and it often leads to fresh insights and a new perspective, in the morning.

[00:01:35] Taking a break or sleeping on that problem can be especially helpful when dealing with really difficult issues or high pressure situations. When you find yourself in a high pressure situation, it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and feel like you need to come up with a solution and take action right away.

[00:01:59] But sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself and for the people around you is to step away, pause, and give yourself just a little bit of space, a little bit of grace, to think it through, to see if you're able to come at it from another perspective. When you do come back to the problem, eventually you will often find yourself approaching it from a different angle.

[00:02:31] Or at least looking at the same angle differently, if that makes sense. Maybe there was a piece of information you overlooked before, or maybe there's another way to frame the problem that will shed a different kind of light on it. It also just in general, helps you feel better, I guess? When you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it can be really difficult to think clearly.

[00:03:00] Even if you think you're thinking clearly, you're probably not. And so the decisions you think are good decisions in that moment may not be very good decisions. So, you know, when you give yourself a chance to relax, step away, think about something else for a little while, you honestly are equipping yourself to just do better, to have better judgment.

[00:03:28] Funnily enough, and this is a bit of a tangent, I saw a study earlier today about the effect meetings without a break have on your levels of stress, and it was measured and observed with an MRI. And folks who took at least a 10 minute break between meetings were objectively less stressed, and I would assume were able to process everything a little bit better.

[00:03:57] Taking a step back, taking a break. You know, that doesn't only have to happen when you're trying to figure out something important. Uh, sometimes it's important to do it even when you're just trying to process something. And it was kind of funny that I saw the study today because I literally went from one meeting to another more than once today.

[00:04:15] And I definitely found myself crashing a little bit after as I could finally sit down and process everything that I had been dealing with in those meetings. And so I took some time today, you know, to step away from that, zone out a little, listen to some music, so that tomorrow when I step in again, into that ring, I'll have a hopefully better, more sound perspective.

[00:04:45] Thanks for listening. Talk to you tomorrow.

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