Everybody needs the hush.

It’s just before 9am. My daughter is on the bus. The dogs are preparing for their very important after breakfast nap. My wife is starting on her work day in our home office. The cat is putting himself in the kitchen sink – I wish I was making that part up.

And me….I just finished a store brand cup of coffee (which was surprisingly good) after having some self-care time writing and reflecting in my journal and reading today’s devotional.

I wish I could say this is everyday, but that sounds too much like Disney, butterflies, and unicorns. Emails are waiting, prospecting for new association and agency clients and marketing projects needs to happen (insert no shame plug for 40 ways I can help your marketing here), a website needs to be updated, social media posts are screaming to be published, and the list goes on, and on, and on.

Yet, here I am.

Writing this post and not having guilt for reflection. I’ve missed this.

When’s the last time you’ve taken 10 or 20 minutes time for yourself before the noise begins? After all, you are in charge of your time. Repeat that last part. It doesn’t matter if you work from home, the cube farm, the corner office, you have a choice.

From Psychology Today; 7 Reasons Quiet Time is Healthy. Productivity, Creativity, and Mental Strength ALL Increase.

Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could I could say I start everyday like this. Yesterday AM we had to talk my daughter into going to school all morning. She was afraid she was going to everyone sick. She didn’t have a fever, she just sneezed and didn’t want to take her test in class today. She’s also 7. It was literally a 30 minute conversation. I’m not real sure who won.

I encourage you. For your job, your family, and most importantly, for you, take some time this week for YOU. Put it on your calendar. Close your door. The world goes on without you for 10 minutes.

Take the hush.

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Matt Swain is a marketer, teacher, reader, father, writer, and a consumer of all things pecan-pie. Read more, contact me, find out about my marketing or hire me at www.bringtheswain.com. Follow @bringtheswain