If you follow the BizStream blog you probably know that we are huge proponents of the EOS Business system
. EOS is a structure and set of tools geared toward helping businesses create and accomplish their vision while improving or maintaining the health of the company.
One tool in the EOS Toolbox is a Clarity Break, and I admit I was skeptical when I first heard of it. The idea is that you force yourself regularly to get away from the office, turn off all devices and distractions, and allow yourself time to just sit and think. Who has time for that?! The workweek is long and tiring as it is, and many of our thoughts are consumed by the day to day, not to mention anything going on in your personal life (which if not careful could be neglected). So, at what point do you pull yourself away from all of that and spend time working on your business and yourself?
What Exactly is a Clarity Break?
A clarity break is essentially an unstructured commitment to clearing your head. It is not to respond to emails, read articles, follow up on tasks, write blogs, etc. You sit and you think. And maybe you have a pad of paper and a pen to write down any ideas. I decided to try having my clarity breaks on Sunday morning. I tend to wake up earlier, and my kids are older now so they sleep in. It’s easy to grab a cup of coffee and sit in peace and quiet and start to think about where I’m at with all of the things in my life.
Clarity Break Tips
One thing our EOS implementer did for us was to offer a template he uses that we could repurpose. For those of us who like some structure, the template contains some centering questions that, if I’m being honest, can act as a real wake up call.
- Was I a good husband/father (wife/mother/friend) this week?
- Am I focusing on the right things?
- Are my plans on track?
- If not, do I have backup plans?
There are also questions to think about overall confidence and what is impacting it.
- Are there things I am procrastinating on or continue to put off that I should delegate to someone else?
- Are there things I should just drop from my to-do list?
I’m pretty well tied to my to-do list, so I do on occasion break out the laptop to review and think over my list as I am considering these questions. Without a doubt, something occurs to me that I need to take action on, but the trick is to prepare yourself to do so in the upcoming week (or next day if that is the case), and not accidentally start working in the moment.
After running clarity breaks for the better part of a year, I’ve come to realize they aren’t just for managers or members of a leadership team. In the extremely fast-paced and busy world we live in, it is important to take time to relax and refocus no matter what you do for a living. Realize where your time and energy is going and redirect it if that is what you find you need to do. Try it out. Pick a good day of the week where you can be distraction-free, schedule it in your calendar, set reminders and keep the commitment. You won’t regret it.