Have you ever been on vaca­tion when a ter­rif­ic new idea for your busi­ness just popped into your mind? Do you have your best ideas first thing in the morn­ing, in the show­er? Do you get solu­tions to your most chal­leng­ing dilem­mas when you least expect them?

The truth is that our brain works best at cre­at­ing new ideas when it is not filled with a to-do list. If you want to grow your busi­ness, cre­ate a new process, devel­op a new income stream, find a new mar­ket. The best first step you can take is to just let your­self be. 

We all need a wind down, recharge place. I am con­vinced that the more time we spend there, the more we get done when we move into “doing mode.” It may seem counter-intu­itive, but a relaxed per­son is a more pro­duc­tive person.

A few years ago for my birth­day present, my hus­band gave me a “porch” swing over­look­ing my favorite site on Banklick Creek. It is just a few hun­dred yards from our back door and I love to go there and do noth­ing. It is down time for my brain, and the creek seems hap­py to accom­mo­date. There is the visu­al feast of the beau­ty of the creek, along with the sounds of white water, some­times topped off by the King­fish­er pass­ing by. It makes for a great place to nap or a place just to kick back for 5 or 10 minutes.

If you are in need of inspi­ra­tion, make time for your “porch swing over­look­ing the creek.” Your busi­ness will thank you and you’ll be less stressed too. Hap­py Being.