Most people, having been told all their lives that hard work pays off and being lazy will get them nowhere, spend the vast majority of their time either planning for or doing the job. They may well be reaping some financial rewards, along with a title that tells everyone around them that they’re successful and worthy of respect. Sure, most people have to earn a paycheck to pay the bills and eat, but it shouldn’t be the primary focus of life. In fact, putting too much emphasis on work keeps people from enjoying the things they’re working to have. If you dare to be successful and productive, here are some ways Byron Johnson practices to reduce work-related stress and become more successful at the same time.
It’s tough to stay focused for long periods of time, especially when the work isn’t engaging. That said, most people can’t just stop because they’re bored, or uninterested, so they double-down and work even harder, trying to overcome the problem with sheer determination. Many successful people choose to incorporate a dramatically different approach known as the Pomodoro Technique. Byron Johnson considers this approach effective and helpful. It involves working and focusing for 25 minutes and switching to something fun for five minutes. That gives the subconscious brain a chance to work while the conscious mind plays. People who use this technique find that they work more efficiently and get more done during the day.
Americans seem to be uncomfortable taking time off, especially for extended vacations, despite having time allotted to them for that purpose. In fact, many people end the calendar year with most of their earned vacation days still unused. That might be due to their perception of a heavy workload, fear of being replaced if they are gone, and even guilt for enjoying themselves rather than working constantly. The truth is being a good employee doesn’t mean sacrificing everything for the company. Researchers say that taking time off is beneficial for the brain, and ultimately makes people better employees in the long run. Byron Johnson agrees to the idea that one must know how to enjoy his or her income and give rewards to himself after months and months of hard work. He believes that it is one thing to maintain balance and keep your interest in what you do striking.
One Day Off
Even if someone isn’t able, or willing, to take a two-week vacation far away from their daily life, time off is still essential. Rather than spending seven days a week working, experts recommend people take one full day off every week. It doesn’t have to be a weekend, but it should be a day that they can spend doing anything but thinking about their job. For some, that may mean taking the kids to the park, reading a book, going fishing, riding their bike, or just sitting still and enjoying the peace. When people do this on a consistent basis, they soon realize that the work will always be there when they return and that they aren’t missing out on anything, except stress. That results in a better work-life balance, happier relationships, and better health.
Take a Nap
Many adults are of the mindset that says that naps are only for kids and old people. That’s too bad; they’re missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. That mid-afternoon crash people feel when they’ve been sitting at a desk for hours is a sure indication that they need downtime. While nap-taking might not be the most practical thing to do in some jobs, there’s evidence that it can help increase alertness and reduce mistakes and accidents. Even a 20-minute power nap makes a huge difference. For those who cannot nap, a meditation break for 10 minutes is a great alternative. It increases alpha waves in the brain leaving them refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day. Power naps are one factor Byron Johnson values during his working hours. It is one way for him to gain back his momentum and open his mind to more ideas.
Becoming a productive, successful member of society is a noble concept, but that doesn’t mean people should sacrifice their health and happiness to get there. In fact, it doesn’t help anyone achieve their goals. Rather than focusing their attention solely on their jobs, people need to step back and re-evaluate their situation. Rather than letting vacation days go unused, it’s vital to take their earned time off to enjoy life. At least one day a week should be devoted to nothing but rest, relaxation, and recreation. Breaking the never-ending loop of work and stress, with a little play makes people more productive, and that leads to a successful career and family life.
About Byron Johnson
Byron Johnson is a founder, entrepreneur, and CEO known for founding a number of businesses that include an insurance agency, construction and remodeling company while also investing in some commercial real estate. Since relocating to Tampa, FL in late 2007, Byron opened his first Liberty Tax Franchise in 2012, and in 2014, founded Star Insurance, a respected Auto insurance company in the heart of Tampa servicing over 10,000 active customers.
Byron Johnson also owns Embassy Construction and Remodeling, a top-notch contractor for home improvement and remodeling needs and is also an owner of a 50+ unit commercial property located in the up and coming to Seminole Heights area close to downtown Tampa.
To give back, Byron Johnson has a popular YouTube channel where he shares free tips and valuable insurance info daily. You can find him under the name “Cheap Car Insurance Guru” YouTube channel.
Byron Johnson also has a passion for playing poker. He has played poker competitively since his college days back in 2003. Recently, in February of 2020, he won a major WSOP event (World Series of Poker Event) bringing home a prestigious Gold WSOP championship ring. For more information on Byron Johnson, visit byron-johnson.com or follow him on social media.