Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Power of Processing (In Your Head)

Yesterday I did something for the first time at work. No, I didn't use a bad word (that's not me.) No, I didn't do something perfectly (I wish!) And no, I didn't scream at anyone (definitely not my style!)

This won't sound all that exciting, but I took a ten minute walk to think through what was going on in my head. Interestingly enough my self-talk was not based on "bad" things, in fact it was quite the opposite. I wasn't upset, or stressed, or worried. It's just that I've been managing a fairly full plate lately and it seemed like a good idea to just think for a few minutes.

Just think.  

Hmm...when was the last time you took a few minutes to just think about the issues going on in your world?

Like most of you, I live and die at the whim of my calendar. Although I do my best to manage my time effectively, the reality is that I have a demanding job that keeps me running most days (read here --> my days can be chaotic!) The adrenaline junkie in me absolutely loves the pace, but where I fail myself is not allowing for any time to process all of the issues I need to manage.

You Owe It To Yourself
I'm not willing to declare that I am good at processing what is going on in my world. What I can say, is that my ten minute investment in life...yesterday afternoon was a success.

I'm learning to appreciate the power of processing, and what it can do on many levels. The ability to disconnect for a few minutes. The opportunity to remove the pings, rings, and reminder dings of our various devices that seem to go off all day. The chance to think through important issues and feel good about where you're headed.

How About You
Do you have ten minutes today to invest in yourself? I'm going to find the time again, whether I believe I have it or not. That ten minutes might just make the rest of your work day ten times more productive.

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.



  1. Jay, I am glad you did take that time to walk and share this post. We all need to 'unplug' at least for several minutes at work and take a deep breath to think things over. It's hard to do with a constant 'overflow' of information coming from all the channels. And it will be nice to have a big data analytics to make our work easier so we have more time to think through those important issues. We are releasing a Recruiters' AI Assistant soon.

    1. Thanks for your comment Elena. I wonder what the world of work would look like if we all took a break each day?