Walk away

There is a moment when you have been working hard for a few days – totally focused and getting through all the difficult tasks – and the moment arrives.
Burned out.
Staring at the computer screen with a fuzzy feeling in the head.
Unable to focus, concentrate or prioritise.
Shoving paper around the desk aimlessly.
Doing stupid tasks that don’t matter.
Looking at my Facebook site….
Mojo gone.
This is my moment.
2.15pm on Thursday afternoon.
The last two hours I have been useless.
I have become a liability to myself and those who depend upon me for quick thinking and clarity.
I’m going to mow my lawn….
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow morning after some rest, fresh air, good conversation and a good night’s sleep.
As Seth Godin would say, “sometimes quitting is a winning policy”.
I quit for today.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.