Time to Rest

How often in business do we think about a time to rest? Probably not often, yet that does not mean it isn’t important.

Why a Blog Post on Rest?

Over the past few weeks we have looked at a series of topics in the postings Time to Think, Time to Plan, Time to Act and Time to Reflect. If you look at the titles of these, and even more so if you have read them, you will notice that they represent a logical progression. This progression is appropriate whenever we have a project to accomplish. But, it doesn’t stop here. We really need a little time to rest in order to get ready for the next thing, whatever that may be. That doesn’t mean we completely stop working, but that we take our minds off of what we have focused on intensely as we completed a project.

An Example

From personal experience, here is an example this whole process. When I was in charge of implementing an accounting system for a company we actually performed all these steps, although in hindsight it probably would have been smoother if the process had been a little more deliberate. Regardless we did these things:

  1. Asked questions and thought about what we needed
  2. Based on number 1 we did the following as a way to plan:
    • Selected the appropriate software
    • Designed the accounting structure
    • Developed an implementation plan
  3. Acted on the plan
  4. Reflected on how things were working and made appropriate adjustments
  5. Although not necessarily thought of this way, we then had a time to rest

Why do I say in number 5 “not necessarily thought of this way”? Well, simply because it was not a formal aspect of the process. We really had just gone about our business, but looking back there was certainly an element of rest once the implementation project was complete. It might have been helpful had we just marked this by maybe going to lunch to celebrate.

A Few Final Thoughts

I realize that some people may look at the list above and wonder why it seems so formal, especially those who know they automatically use this process or some similar version. The reason is that using a formal design for accomplishing a project helps us make sure we are thorough, and it also keeps us on schedule.

I suspect the things that typically go wrong are confusing “thinking” and “planning” and failing to take time to rest at the end. Don’t misunderstand; yes we think when planning, but we also need dedicate thought time before we actually plan. This is a time of asking questions, gathering information, considering alternatives, and forming conclusions. Of course the planning and acting stages may change some of these conclusions, but at least we go into them with some idea of where we are heading.

How about your company? Do you have a process you use to accomplish major and perhaps even minor projects? If not, why not?

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