4 Reasons why you should Stop: We are more productive when we take time out


Have you ever felt like you were living your life on a racing track and you dare not stop because if you did things would fall apart? That was how I felt this morning until I was forced to stop abruptly.

My STOP sign came in the form of ear wax and tissue.


It should have been a ‘normal’ morning but it was hijacked by our six-year old’s failed experiment. She had decided it was about time she discovered how far things can travel down her ear canal. So stuffing a piece of tissue was her chosen method. And according to her, being a professional nurse does not qualify me to even remotely suggest that I could try to get it out. Sigh!

So, change of plans. I have to fit in a visit to the walk-in centre.

Yes, I must give a piece of wax covered tissue priority over my other plans for the day. what a joy!

Wait and that’s not all. Over the last week, I have most certainly caught a ‘bug’- the ‘writer’s block.’ I have several unfinished articles on word document peeking at me from the bottom of my screen. I want to tell them to be quiet because I’m sure I can hear them begging me to complete them. I need to find new inspiration and I need it fast.

As I sit down on the couch with my bowl of cereal and laptop on my knee something strikes me. This thought – I have to deal with the wax and tissue in my life.

Yes, that’s it.

Sometimes it’s necessary to stop.

To stop chasing, stop running, stop peddling ideas – just stop!

  1. When we stop we can hear more clearly – our heartbeat, the inner voice
  2. We can focus
  3. We can reflect and then welcome new ideas and perspectives.
  4. That whisper from above becomes a clear and identifiable voice.

Dealing with the tissue and wax will cost us a few minutes of our day but it is necessary.

As we learn to embrace our ‘wax and tissue’ days we get more done in the long run. I’m so glad I was able to slow down and as a result had something to write about.

Be inspired!

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