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Taking time to think

Friday. The end of one of those lovely four day
weeks. How many of us have still got a bit
of that long weekend feeling? Chances are it's as if that brief respite from
work never existed. Straight back into the long, hard slog of emails, meetings,
calls, meetings, more calls and, no doubt,
several hundred more emails.

It's the same after coming back from holiday, isn't
it? So how can we make it all just a little bit easier for ourselves? This is
something I think I've achieved in my life away from the office and it makes me
a happier, more productive person when I'm at work [I'll be looking for nods of
approval from my esteemed colleagues when they read this!].

Take control of your
time, wherever you can. For me, this is most evident in my lunch hour. Yes, I
said "hour". Taking a whole hour for lunch doesn't always happen but even a
break of twenty minutes can be used effectively. Come rain or shine, you'll find
me taking a turn around the grounds of Borough High Street and the surrounding
streets, parks and the river. That little burst of fresh air and sunshine, ok,
daylight helps me process the morning's activities and recharges my batteries
for the afternoon ahead. It's my time and is a precious few minutes of solitude
away from the buzz of the office. I think it's a perfect opportunity to
de-stress. Of course sometimes we don't get the luxury of that time so we make
do with staring out of the window or catching a few minutes just to read a few
pages of a book.

We all need time to
think. This
piece by the CEO of LinkedIn
comes at it from a leadership angle but his points
work for all of us – you don't need to be a manager to nurture, develop and demonstrate leadership qualities. He talks
about blocking out time in your diary – a buffer. It's a good idea if you find
your calendar constantly overflowing with appointments. With a busy life beyond
the office, I do this in my personal diary. Time where nothing is planned. It's
freeing. And means you can say yes to those fabulous last-minute invitations!

Look at your
diary for next week, a whole five days in the office, block out an hour and see
what happens.

"Above
all else, the most important reason to schedule buffers is to just catch your
breath."- Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

– Suzanne

One comment to this post

  •  :  Thanks for the article and link Suzanne. Jeff also makes a point about coaching others. Many of the comments underneath his post touch on the negative effect digital connectivity is having on the self reliance team members either have or feel able to display when the boss is always on tap.

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