Thursday, March 29, 2012
Coasting from asleep to awake - a downtime where you are free to just let your thoughts wander. A very productive time for many people.
You've made the hill or finished the trek, and you've reached a downhill slope that requires no effort on your part. No longer pedaling, you relax and enjoy, doing nothing.
You've finished the project. You owe yourself a rest, so you kick back, admiring what you've accomplished, taking time to bask in how far you've come.
Great. But you can only coast so long before the momentum comes to a halt. You fully wake up, the bicycle slows, and you're expected to edit the book or promote the project. You have to rise, start pedaling again, and get back to work.
Coasting is a marvelous spike of rejuvenation, but it's only required to be a moment in time, versus the days, weeks and months of investment to get there. And if you don't jump back into the fray, you lose all the momentum you gained to that point. Take time to pause, to drift, to divert attention from where you've been, but just not for too long. Let it remain as one of those sweet, short, rare occurrences in your schedule, so that it's that much sweeter when it happens.