Move Your Body to Move Your Mind

24 Feb

This morning I had a bit of a dilemma on my hands. My friend Holly wanted me to join her and some other friends for a day of skiing. I have a massive list of things that I could be working on at any given time. So I hemmed and hawed until I finally remembered one of my favorite lines from John Gierach’s classic Sex, Death, and Fly Fishing, “the assumption here is you should always go fishing, period.” The rule applies to skiing too. The point is that sometimes you need to take a break from staring at the massive list of things to do and just go do something.

Sure enough I returned from skiing this afternoon and dove into some work with more energy than if I had stayed home working all day. And the bonus of skiing was that while I was skiing I had a couple of brainstorms that pertain to my business. All in all, it was a productive day because I moved my body which moved my mind.

The next time you’re “stuck” move your body and it just might move your mind.

How do you get “unstuck” when the new ideas just aren’t there or you just can’t find the motivation to tackle that to do list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Matt Miller

    A four-mile run is enough to clear my head enough to spark new ideas. I will listen to podcasts most of the time and bring a digital recorder to save any new ideas before they disappear. I’ve actually dictated blog posts while on a run to make the most of that time on the road.

    Move your body = move your mind. I like it.

    • richardbyrne

      I’ve always been amazed at people that can listen to podcasts and keep up a pace while running or biking. I’ve tried it on bikes (indoors) and always found myself slowing down as I got more interested in the discussion. In the end, I don’t think how you move is as important as actually getting out and moving.