I was sitting at Panera reading yesterday morning. It’s a habit of mine to find time each week to read a magazine or a book that has a business or philosphical focus. Helps my brain get out of “scanning” mode from too much email and social media.
Reading printed material also makes my noggin’s neurons fire differently; I often make unusual connections between business and life and work during these sessions.
As I was flipping through the most recent Inc. magazine, a business owner’s profile caught my eye. A dude named David Campbell created Boxman Studios and his company turns old shipping containers into portable work, exhibit and retail spaces. He’s from Charlotte, NC, which is part of what caught my attention.
It was the very last paragraph of the write up made me smile and laugh with glee, though.
“Once every 90 days,” says Campbell, “I take a two-day retreat by myself to work on product innovations and plan our business operations…“
Once every 90 days. Two whole days of retreat.
Gentle reader, are you a business owner or simply CEO of You, Inc.? When was the last time you took two days to retreat into thinking mode?
I’m gonna bet your answer is never or not recently. (If you’ve done it more recently and/or you do it regularly, write and tell me about it!)
With all the changes I’ve been through, and with the plans I’m cooking up, this two-day retreat comment was a like a bolt of lightening to my heart.
See, I’ve been creating a two-day retreat for YOU. The details aren’t finalized but I can share it’ll be the end of October or the beginning of November. Two days to play/work/play. Two days of retreat away from your day-to-day work and the pressures of life.
I’ll share more when things completely come together.
Until then, gentle reader, please spend a minute or two thinking about how your business and your life could be radically impacted by making some room to slow down for two full days to plan, strategize, think, read, or to even (gasp!) do nothing.
Making the time – taking the time – is a choice. And whether you do it with me or you go the route of David Campbell and simply choose to do it alone, it can be done.
P.S. Don’t see how you can find the time? I can help.