The joy of just noticing

On any given workday, you may be overwhelmed and your mind cluttered – things aren’t processing as you prefer. You might be struggling to prioritize what’s most important to get done. That’s not a bad thing. But when you feel like the weight of a spinning mind is wearing you down, what do you do?  Like most driven leaders I know, you push through and keep going.

Eventually, you can’t push anymore; you sense that even a brief break from the hamster wheel will put you back on the track to being at your best. Daily preventative measures that will keep you from total overwhelm may be an even better choice.

What if – for just five minutes a day you:

Find a quiet spot (your office with the door closed perhaps?) you sit down, close your eyes, and breathe deeply, checking in with yourself and noticing what you hear, see, smell, feel, and taste?

Leave your work space and take a walk outside, wherever you are, and stop your spinning brain to feel the physical sensation of changing your environment.

Take a walk in the forest or a park if you have one nearby, and tell yourself not to think about work as you stroll slowly, deliberately observing what is new to see, hear, smell, and touch?

Commit to a conversation you haven’t had before with someone you’ve been avoiding, and listen like you’ve never listened before, watching closely for something to appreciate in that person?

Coach someone who needs to think more clearly about something they’ve been struggling with.

What might you learn as you take a short break from the head-spinning, stress-driven world of work? Here is what you might experience:

How to be present to others during your day.

How to get clarity in your thinking process.

How to stop your brain from spinning, spinning, spinning.

How to let go of your need to control everything.

How to feel humble because you can’t control everything.

How to sit still and “be”.

How to slow down.

How to feel the joy in noticing and being present to your environment, yourself and others.

Five minutes. That is all. Go for it. What do you have to lose?

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.