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A Minute to Think

A Minute to Think

Juliet Funt

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A Minute to Think

A Minute to Think

  • A strategic pause means taking a moment – or longer – to think, plan, create or just breathe.
  • People need to take strategic pauses because overload has become prevalent.
  • Pauses can benefit performance by allowing for cognitive recovery.
  • Four attitudinal culprits work against taking time to pause.
  • Free up time for strategic pauses by asking four questions – and apply “the Wedge.”

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A Minute to Think (cont'd)

  • To apply white space thinking to digital messaging, reduce the number of times you check your email, the amount you send, and improve your composition skills.
  • Applying strategic pauses to communications can benefit teams.
  • To improve meetings, do less inviting and accepting, and take strategic pauses both between meetings and during them.
  • Use white space at home, too, to ensure your time, and your children’s, is well spent.

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A strategic pause means taking a moment – or longer – to think, plan, create or just breathe.

“If only activity and productivity were the same – but they are not.”

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People need to take strategic pauses because overload has become prevalent.

“We need permission to pause – and to do so during business hours, not on our own time like a public school teacher going broke to buy their own clay and markers.”

3mind-sets drive toward constant busyness:

“Insatiability” – People never feel they’ve done enough – .

“Conformity” – People unconsciously mirror their colleagues’ behaviors, resulting in feedback loops.

“Waste” – Tolerance of wasted time and effort places huge burdens on workers, who pay the price in decreased wellness and happiness. Meanwhile, businesses suffer in terms of employee engagement and retention.

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Pauses can benefit performance by allowing for cognitive recovery.

“Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens both worked four to five hours a day and on that schedule wrote 19 and 21 books, respectively.”

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Four attitudinal culprits work against taking time to pause.

Four “time thieves” lead people to overload themselves – The thieves have a positive side, but they create dysfunction when taken to extremes:

  • Drive transforms into overdrive – The push to do more can cause people to load themselves with work beyond their capacity.
  • Commitment to excellence turns into perfectionism –
  • The pursuit of information becomes overload – 
  • Dedication to activity turns into frenzy – The need to feel busy occurs when people conflate activity with productivity.

“There are some thoughts you just can’t have while hustling down a hallway.”

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