Can you spare five minutes?

What can you do with 5 minutes? Earlier today, I had five minutes until I needed to leave and I had just finished something. It’s a weird amount of time because there is nothing you can really do with any intention. Yes, I could have left even earlier for my next appointment. I could have checked my email again. I could have read a listicle article on the internets about the five ways to cure distraction. Or, I could do what I did. I sat there and thought about stuff. No incoming stimulus to juggle, just time spent in mental digestion. I am a big advocate of a weekly power hour. Power hours are at least one hour each week, on the clock, where you set aside time to think. Sometimes, though, an hour can feel too long. If that is your gripe- “I don’t have the time, man!” – then try this. A power five minutes. Give yourself five minutes during the workday to exhale and think. Just five minutes. Here’s the benefit: Doing this will make you feel good.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership | Productivity

Published on January 11, 2019

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