Men's Health (Australia) - - Slug + Here -

In the past 12 months I’ve used the prin­ci­ple of “de­load­ing” to de­crease my anx­i­ety at least 50 per cent while si­mul­ta­ne­ously dou­bling my in­come. De­load­ing for busi­ness, in my case, con­sists of strate­gi­cally tak­ing my foot off the gas. I al­ter­nate in­tense pe­ri­ods of batch­ing sim­i­lar tasks (record­ing pod­casts, clear­ing the in­box, writ­ing blog posts, han­dling ac­count­ing, etc.) with ex­tended pe­ri­ods of un­plug­ging and muck­ing around. This frees up band­width and re­stores me. If you want to cre­ate or be any­thing big­ger, bet­ter or truly dif­fer­ent, you need room to ask “what if?” with­out a con­fer­ence call in 15 min­utes. I sched­ule de­load­ing phases a few ways: roughly 8 to 9am ev­ery day for jour­nalling; 9am to 1pm ev­ery Wed­nes­day for cre­ative out­put; and “screen-free Satur­days”, when I don’t use my lap­top and use my phone only for map­ping and co­or­di­nat­ing with friends via text (no apps). You must sched­ule and de­fend de­load­ing blocks more strongly than busi­ness com­mit­ments. The for­mer can be a force mul­ti­plier for the lat­ter, but not vice-versa.

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