The world seems to demand that everything gets our attention, right now. We are connected almost 24 / 7. If we don’t stop and pause to reflect on our habits and behaviours, and make connecting a conscious choice, this constant connectivity starts to run our lives.
So… what if we slow down to speed up?
One of the most valuable lessons participants on my development programmes comment on, is following the module where we consciously slow down and make quality time for one another. I make no apology for the pace of my delivery, it is intentional and it is testing for some! For those that take the learning out into their working environment it has profound effect. They notice that taking time for themselves, and their colleagues
- dramatically improves their ability to make decisions,
- positively impacts the quality of their relationships and
- increases trust within their team.
They stop being a slave to email and messages, switching off devices when with others, giving the people they are with their undivided attention. Whether one to one, or in meetings, they resist the urge to constantly check their phone, or respond to an incoming email, knowing it will wait. Knowing that being present for the people in the room is the most important connection in this moment. There will be time later to take care of those virtual demands.
With practice the participants who break the ritual checking of devices for updates, value the positive changes to their routine, realtionships and wellbeing.
Reward yourself by making space in your schedule tomorrow. Stop reacting instantly to “pings”, silence your gadgets and allocate set times to check and respond. Give yourself time to pause and be present, time to think and reflect… give yourself time to adjust to a new routine, one where you are in control. Then notice the calm… and let me know how you get on.
Karen Mason inspires leaders to define and align with their purpose, whilst fostering engaging workplace cultures, where people matter. Karen is known for her passion and expertise in coaching and facilitation, the impact of which has a positive influence on the way leaders lead within their organisation.