Sometimes REST is the bestcourse of action when things get challenging

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I learned this lesson many years ago – and have to remind myself of it often.


Early in my TC business, I was everything – marketer, salesperson, tech support, bookkeeper, website developer, oh, and also the Transaction Coordinator. Thankfully this was before social media, or I’d also have been the social media expert as well for my company.


One particular Thursday I’d been working hard trying to resolve an issue with my website. It seemed like a simple issue, and I went at it full steam. I was trying one thing after another to no avail. Researching online forums, blog posts, and articles then trying a new thing, then going back and doing more research and more and …still with no results that solved the problem. Some only seemed to make the situation worse.


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Angry, frustrated and about to call it quits or toss my computer into the trash, I decided I’d had it for the moment. I walked into the family room and saw a DVD I’d recently picked up and decided to watch the movie. At that point, nothing I’d tried to do was working anyway, so I figured “what the heck” a few more hours wouldn’t be the end of the world. I turned off my computer, turned off the phone and checked the clock; I still had a time before the bus showed up to deliver the kiddos from school.


Chocolat was the movie, and it was just enough to transform me to another place for a while. The feisty lead female character was ruffling the feathers of a very conservative town by opening a chocolate shop. If you haven’t seen it yet – you can watch the trailer here –


After the movie, I went to my computer to resume the fight for the solution I needed to resolve the issue with my website. Something almost magical happened – I clicked a few keys, and viola – the situation was resolved and BAM my website was now fixed.


Somehow during the time I wasn’t thinking about the problem, when I was resting and simply enjoying the movie one of two things happened;  1 – the website fairies got together and agreed to give me a break and solved the issue or 2 – my brain, the mysterious computer that it is, was able to work in the background while I was watching a movie and not focused on what wasn’t working, to solve the issue.


I’m confident it was the rest and changing my focus for a few hours that solved the problem. Moreover, I’m not alone; studies show that rest is essential to our body and minds.


According to an article in Psychology Today, Here are 4 things you should do when your brain is tired


1 – Make fewer decisions.

2 – Go See Green

3 – Get up

4 – Take a rest


I know that running a business is exciting, rewarding, and also it can be overwhelming. There are so many things to do, and sometimes the clock seems to be working against us. Often the last thing it feels like we have time to do is rest, but I’m here to tell you that if you don’t do it on your own, your body will eventually force you to. Rest, relaxation and time away from our work is where our creative juices can flow and be energized. It’s where the “magic” happens. There should be no shame or guilt in taking time off to rest and recharge. So the next time you’re fighting with technology, or trying to figure out a solution to a problem that isn’t coming, perhaps a walk in the park or a movie is just what will help you as it did me.



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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Michelle - an excellent lesson learned.  And while I saw the movie many years ago, I do remember it as a good one.  

Jan 05, 2020 10:25 AM #1
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Michelle,
You are so right. Sometimes we just need to get away from a project to see more clearly. 

Jan 05, 2020 11:19 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Michelle,  Thanks for sharing this excellent post.  Something as simple as taking a break can make a world of difference in productivity and perspective.

Jan 05, 2020 03:54 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This is excellent advice, and sleep can produce much more solid decisions!  

Jan 05, 2020 05:00 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Sometimes when we step away from something and come back, the solution does miraculously appear. I'm not quite sure why, but I've had this happen as well. Very good advice!

Jan 11, 2020 05:53 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Go See Green is my number one. And yes, when we are trying to hard it's difficult to see the puzzle. Good for you.  And I love that movie. :) 

Jan 11, 2020 08:06 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michelle:

I think this is excellent advice. Spending time outside or even better at the beach works well for me.  And I loved Chocolate (being a big chocolate fan myself).


Jan 11, 2020 10:40 AM #7
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