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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.
Taking just 60 seconds to pause thoughtfully amidst the rush of daily tasks and stimuli does wonders for mindfulness, presence, and considered rather than knee-jerk reactions.
Building small pauses into your routine allows mental space and perspective that improves decision-making, relationships, stress levels, and overall well-being.
Even a minute of consciously disengaging is restorative.
Drive, excellence, information, and activity are positive motivators but can become counterproductive when taken to unhealthy extremes, acting as "time thieves".
These impulses come from admirable human tendencies but require awareness and balance to avoid dysfunction.
Using micro-pauses to notice your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations fosters emotional and self-awareness that often goes unexamined in our busy lives.
Without judging or trying to change them, objectively observing your inner state builds EQ. It's only when you pause and pay attention that you gain insight.
When faced with uncertainty, problems, or negative thought spirals, pausing briefly stops counterproductive thinking patterns.
Creating even a tiny mental break disrupts rumination and worry to gain fresh eyes.
You can get unstuck and see new solutions.
Taking pauses throughout the day helps dissipate stress because it short-circuits the brain's threat and "fight or flight" response from the reactive amygdala.
Pausing allows the logical, thoughtful prefrontal cortex to regain control.
Micro-pauses bring greater awareness to the present moment rather than getting lost ruminating about the past or anticipating the future.
Mindful presence fosters gratitude, contentment, and living in the now.
"The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are." - Maxime Lagacé
The author makes the case that superior results – and better mental health – come from taking time to reflect and recuperate. She draws on psychology research and cites the experiences of professionals and teams in a variety of industries. Anyone who suffers from overwhelm – and is open to the notion that being busy and being productive aren’t necessarily the same thing – can benefit from this book.
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