Great Wake Up Blog: Week #17
This week's assignment was to steal back a little bit of time throughout the day, something that proved to be more a boon to me...
This week's assignment was to steal back a little bit of time throughout the day, something that proved to be more a boon to me.
Everyone is working exceptionally hard these days, and it's harder than ever to carve out time for yourself and specifically for yourself. An important email pops in on your lunch break and rather than wait, you go ahead and answer it, breaking your relaxation. A colleague runs into you in the park nearby and quizs you about a project, bringing your mind back to work. It's hard.
This week, however, I forced myself to cultivate an extra 15 minutes of my time, either inside or out of work, to myself. For most of the days, I had to move this to after work, away from my busy and unfiltered family, and block out a quarter of an hour of quiet reflection and meditation time in my bedroom. No phones, no screens. Just the open window and the surprisingly warm weather we've been having this week in the UK.
It was... bliss.
Giving myself that time to let my brain slow down, to let those plates in my head to stop spinning for 15 minutes... it gave me a chance to recalibrate, to feel better, to centre and focus myself. Making this segment outside of work didn't necessatily affect my performance at work, but when I did take those minutes out at work, I felt better and more relaxed than before.
Would I try this again? Absolutely - I might not be able to do it every 15 minutes but I'm instituting a new personal policy of making this a minimum 2/3 days a week recurring session. No ifs or buts this time.