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I’ll sometimes walk 10, 15, 30 minutes, and set a goal that I won’t come back until I have at least one alternative solution for a problem I’m having.

Part of staying physically fit is keeping your mind fit as well. These two go hand-in-hand. I don’t think you can really separate the two; your physical fitness and your mental fitness. They’re very much intertwined with each other.

One thing that I like to do that helps both of those is: I go for walks. Sounds ridiculously simple, right? But for me, it’s kind of a secret. It’s like my ace in the hole. It’s something that I can do any time of day, and it helps me focus. It helps me focus physically if my legs are getting restless, and it helps me focus mentally because it forces me to change the scenery.

I like to stand up and walk out of my house in one of two mindsets. There are two ways that I take a walk around the block. The first one is I’ll take my phone with me or a notepad and a pen or pencil. And I’ll say to myself: “I’m going to go walk for 10 or 15 minutes, and by the time I’m done, I will have solved the following problem.” So sometimes you’re sitting in front of a computer screen for three hours, four hours, five hours, and you’re just hitting a wall, and you’re not getting the answer you want, or you can’t figure out a solution to a problem.

In that case, I will literally take a walk and set the goal of my walk as “I’m going to solve this problem while I’m walking.” So I’ll take my office with me in a sense, because I take my problems and my thought processes, and I’ll go, and I’ll sometimes walk 10, 15, 30 minutes, but I’ll set a goal that I won’t come back until I have at least one alternative suggestion or a better way to do this. That’s one way of walking.

The second way of walking and I need to do both is where I leave everything at home: the phone, the notepad… I leave all the work at home, and I just go for a walk, and I put my hands in my pockets, and I’m not listening for phone calls or, uh, you know, the little ding when a text message comes in. I’m shutting down that part of my brain and just looking at the birds and looking at the green grass and noticing things as I go out and about. And I see kids walking around or riding on scooters or bicycles; that’s a very important sort of cleansing opportunity for me to pause and breathe and do something different.

Both of those walks are helpful. And I do both of them a couple of times a day. They help keep me physically fit, and they definitely help keep me mentally fit. And just having a change of scenery like that freshens you and reenergizes you so that when you come back and sit down in that chair, you say, “Ahh. I’m ready to go again.”

It’s just good to get up and get out of your office and do something outside. For me, that’s walking around the block. For you, it might be something else, and come home, and then you can start again. It’s really energizing.