I recently read an outstanding book by Jon Acuff called Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It was a great read and I can’t recommend it more highly to anyone looking to improve an area of their life.
While there were many great ideas to take away, the one that hit me the hardest was an idea he featured called Finding Your Central Park.
He made the point that when we fly over New York City, we see a big spot of green space that from 30,000 feet that looks like wasted real estate in the middle of the busiest city in the world.
But on the ground, that “wasted space” is what keep the city from exploding. It’s a needed break in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle.
These are what open blocks of time are when placed on our calendar. From a distance, they look like wasted time but the closer we get, we see that they have their value, just like Central Park in New York.
For me, my central park is my 2:00pm appointment in the gym. I work through lunch or eat at my desk to pay for this hour. And from a distance, it looks like wasted business time, but the closer I get, the more I see the value. It keeps me from exploding.
I use an hour in the gym as my central park and I always come back to the office with more energy than when I left. Do you have a central park? I’d love to read what it is.