My great idea this week is pretty simple. Spring is here and many of us are about to go from being half asleep to working 24 hours/day. This is very hard to do and you need to proceed with caution.

I used to think that if I just worked a little bit harder, I could get everything done and everything would work itself out. I have learned that you can’t just keep working harder and expect things to always be better. As I often say, “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.” (I did not make that up; I’m not smart enough to have thought of that, but I’m not exactly sure who did. The Internet does attribute a variation of it to Gerald Burrill.) If you feel you might be in a bad spot, it’s advisable to stop and look at the situation. That’s my advice this week.

In the coming weeks, if you feel overwhelmed and aren’t sure what to do, take a deep breath and go to lunch. Get out of the office and go for a walk. Do something, but don’t neglect your health or your mental well being.

As I finish this up, it’s 4:00 pm and I am walking out the door to go work out for an hour. Years ago, I NEVER would have or could have done this. But, I’ve learned that my company pays me to think from the neck up and the only way I can think is if I get all the frustration and concern and, yes, stress out of me. Great ideas come to me when I am working out, relaxing and the like. They DON’T come to me when I am working. As CEO of Grunder Landscaping and Marty Grunder! Inc., I need to be thinking, not always grinding away at work.

Now, I’m a big proponent of hard work, but I also have learned when I’ve reached the point of diminishing returns. I only hope you know this point as well. Talk to you next week.

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