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-Shafinaz Sikder

How appropriate is taking a pause in your routinized life in a world that is constantly asking you to move faster and faster? The words “stop”, “pause” or “slow down” seems like sort of barrier between you and your working abilities. But is it the real fact? Do you slow down in real sense whenever you are pausing; or rather you reclaim your productive life by pausing?

Taking Pause: Bad or Good?

The bottom-line is ‘when to engage is just as important as knowing when to disengage’. A purposeful pause is exactly what you need if you constantly demand more from your brain. Research showed that human brain gradually stops registering a sight, sound or feeling if that stimulus remains constant over time. This ultimately results in the declination of work focus which creates hindrance in the task performances.

Are you not in a necessity to take a Pause?

The question is to question yourself from time to time: Are you still moving in the direction of your goal, dream or vision? Are your daily, weekly and monthly goals still leading you towards your bigger goal? Pausing to ask yourself what, how, and why you are doing things can be exactly what you actually need in order to resume forward progress; rather than hindering it.

‘Pausing’ though might sound as a negative word yet there is some positivity of taking a productive ‘pause’. It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities. Once a while it pays to take a pause on purpose and reflect on how far you’ve come.

Benefits of Pausing

  1. This is because taking a pause helps you notice and see the path that can help you.
  2. Pausing allows you to bring your whole self into your work and life. It helps you spend your time on the things that matter most to you.
  3. The time you think you waste taking your pause will actually benefit your productivity in the way that it will help you to reshuffle your ideas,
  4. Chalk out a blueprint of your plan and boost up the mindset. If the quality of your work has slipped it’s time to stop and measure.
  5. Pause, re-strategize and get your performance back up to your standards.

The pausing Motto

The motto should be “Take action right now to reflect, to slow down, to disconnect, to pause”; whatever phase of life you are in, make time to pause and reflect where you are heading to. It is a good time to insert a comma now and realign yourself to your inner self before your life ends in a full stop.”

As a citizen of the tech based world, your brain needs downtime to recover. A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves creativity, and memory. And that skipping breaks can lead to stress, exhaustion, and creative block.

Therefore slow down your momentum. …

Pause in the moment. Stop to reset. Take a short walk in the middle of your race. A pause. To realign your form. Your focus. Your purpose. Pause to reflect. Pause to feel progress. Pause to create. Pause to think. Pause to take control. By all means pause. Your total well-being and success depends on it. When in doubt, pause! You can press pause today and get yourself back on track!


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