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Stop, think and then proceed to act

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As kids, we were always instructed to stop and look at both sides of the road before stepping onto it. We should follow the same policy in our careers.

Right from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed, our minds are in top gear. In the workplace, we are always in a tearing hurry, bouncing from one task to another to get everything going. The rush leaves us stressed, exhausted and emotionally vulnerable which often clouds our judgement.

We make instant decisions without really putting our heart and soul into the process. This may lead to errors as we lose the ability to solve problems and handle situations carefully. It is, hence, important to take the required pauses every now and then.

When we stop, think and proceed, we give our minds enough time to understand any situation and act accordingly. It stabilises our thought processes, clarifies our priorities and declutters our minds.

A regular break from the routine not only freshens our mental palette, but also makes us more productive. The process is a stress reducer and provides us with the platform to tackle problems that we believe are beyond solutions. We open ourselves to possibilities and strategies that help us generate wise thoughts, make the right decisions, set priorities and organise meaningful activities.

A wise person takes time to deliberate, even if it is for a short period, before taking crucial decisions. This is primarily because, when we act without the required level of thinking, it leads to a huge waste of time, effort and resources.

To prevent this, it is our responsibility to take the required pauses every now and then for us to function at our peak. After all, it does not cost us anything; it instead brings in better results.

Handy Hints:

• Taking needed breaks allows us to assess a situation carefully

• Taking a few deep breaths is a way to achieve clarity of thinking

• Ample sleep, good diet and exercise bolster one's performance

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink