Quiet the noise and focus on driving your business purposefully.

Have you had that experience where you just literally can’t think? Your brain is on overload and for a moment you wonder if you’re actually hearing error buzzers, seeing a check engine light, and so forth.

Even though we’re surrounded by technology conveniences that make life easier, we’re also so constantly on and aware of our own busy-ness that our brains malfunction. (IF it hasn’t happened to you, what is your secret?)

Here’s my secret, for avoiding it as much as possible anyway.

You may have seen this quote pop around the internet a time or two. It’s one that I really enjoy:

“Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.” – Anne Lamot

We have to find space for our minds to feel free to avoid this overload, the error buzzers and the check engine lights. In my work, I ironically call this Lightbulb Time: A space where your mind is clear and starts to wander.

Lightbulb time is where ideas are born, creativity grows and connection thrives. You feel alive.

For me, one of the best places to experience Lightbulb time is on the beach. With the sand between my toes, my mind stops moving, shuffling around To Dos, concerns, worries. I sit still. I think. I dream, I create, or I straight up relax.

This is part of why it’s so important to me to have my backyard beach. Some may call it a 20-foot sandbox, but it makes no difference. This is a space where my entire family spends time disconnecting and reconnecting.

We stand still.

I find this time essential for me to be able to do my best work, to perform as an entrepreneur and writer and to work towards my dreams. There’s a lot of people out there hushing the conversation about life-work balance, and shifting it instead to life-work harmony.

Whereas balance talks about “correct proportions,” harmony talks about “a pleasing and consistent whole.”

Whatever word you choose, it’s important that you have a rounded experience that allows you to thrive and avoid any more error messages on your system.

So, think about this: What’s a great space for you to experience Lightbulb Time, and how can you provide access to this regularly?