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The Art of the Pause...


Paul MacCormack

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How often do you find yourself running around like the proverbial headless chicken and really not accomplishing much? We all have those days now and again, but what I am talking about here is when lack of focus interferes with our ability to perform our duties.

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Our jobs are stressful at times, no doubt, but a full plate shouldn't prevent us from pausing occasionally to clear our thoughts. We accomplish much more with a measure of clarity than with muddled thinking. So, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a deliberate break now and again. A simple, purposeful pause will recharge our batteries, clear our heads and let the day carry on with improved functioning.

 

How can we achieve this?

  • First off, don't think of it as just another item on your 'to do' list. Make it a priority. Consider it enjoyable and beneficial, something you're entitled to. Just for you.
  • Take an office time out. Close the door, turn off your phone and computer monitor. Lean back and close your eyes. A real break can help you focus and get more centered. Consider it enjoyable and beneficial, something you're entitled to. Just for you.
  • Practice the 'art of the pause' in your daily activities. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take an internal step back to regain balance.
  • Doing a lot of office work? Change your field of vision occasionally, from the computer monitor to something out the window, in the distance.  It's like stretching your legs; you'll feel your eyes and your brain relax.
  • Another great way to give yourself a break is to simply play with your dog for a few minutes. Throw a stick or a ball, play tug with a toy.  They'll love it and you more for it.
  • If you're feeling like your head is going to explode, taking a deep breath and regrouping can can prevent unnecessary conflicts or dust ups with those you work with.
  • Lastly, carry this practice home with you. We all know how hard it can be to make that transition from work to home take a time out before you walk through the door and your family just might be happier to see you. 

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