Embrace the White Space

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b8df13d4-4d3a-436c-8e37-34735c5f45f6In the coming weeks we’ll review actions to achieve the career and personal success you desire. We’ll consider habits to develop, behaviors to adopt, as well as things to let go of that may stifle your potential. But before we dive into the work, it’s important to step back and take a breath.

Don’t worry. This isn’t some flaky blog where I’ll have you chanting by the third post. I’m about the business of success and that includes arming you with the right tools. So let’s begin with a question.

Do you want to increase your effectiveness and productivity – at work and at home?  

Then do nothing…not all day of course, but allow yourself two to three 10-15 minute bursts of pure white space.

In an age when employees carry multiple mobile phones, work 24/7, and are beholden to both their inboxes and Twitter feeds, there is hardly time to think. The trouble is, thinking…clear, uninterrupted, creative thinking is exactly what’s required to dream up the next big product idea, design an innovative service offering, or solve a productivity problem that’s been plaguing the office for years.

Unfortunately, the problem of  “life noise” is incredibly pervasive. Even when we slow down and go for a run, we stuff our ears with music blaring buds, hyper focus on our fitness trackers, and/or rattle off voice notes to our smart phones.

To be effective, truly effective, we need to allow ourselves a non-cancerous “smoke break” – a mental time out to wander and recharge. How you do it doesn’t matter. Maybe it’s a music free morning walk, a long hot shower, or a news free run on the treadmill. Effective solutions will come…you just have to give them room to roam.

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