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Work hack #45: Brave the gap

One appointment followed by the next, if you’re lucky you can slip out for a bathroom break or to refill your coffee in the kitchen – but then the next call awaits. Sounds familiar? – Tightly packed days are the rule rather than the exception. And since now many meetings take place in the digital space, the gaps to take a breath are most likely even more tightly calculated. But these gaps are not just extremely important for our well-being, but also to avoid taking “baggage” (e.g. thoughts, tensions, emotions,…) from the previous meeting or activity into the next one. In order to be fully engaged in each task, it can help to build small mindful gaps into your daily schedule. Consciously take a minute between appointments to wind down. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and slowly count to twenty – whether it’s between meetings or at the front door before entering your house after work to join the family hustle and bustle. If other people are already in the room, it’s also perfectly fine to communicate that you need another minute to arrive and be fully present.

Work hacks?

Work Hacks are simple, yet original, methods that can be implemented quickly and directly. They improve collaboration and results in the work context.

In this series we will introduce tried and tested Work Hacks that will effectively improve collaboration.