Learn the key ideas of the book by Robert Poynton

Do Pause

Learn to manage your time and take a break

In a world obsessed with productivity, where we constantly run like hamsters on a wheel, we need to take back control of our time and the best way to do that is to take a break. In Do Pause, we learn how  taking  a moment to reflect before beginning an activity, or taking a sabbatical or simply stopping, can have a great effect on us, even if it seems to be an art that we have forgotten.

Do Pause
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Many useful tips to:

  • Help realise that taking a break is not a waste of time and we can’t always be at peak productivity.
  • Learn to manage your time so that you are not constantly on the go.
  • Appreciate breaks, those moments that we allow ourselves to stop and enjoy some space to breathe and relax.

The author of the book:

Robert Poynton is an author and writes courses and seminars in which he helps today’s leaders manage the stress and constant change that is part and parcel of the business world. He created the book series “Do” in which he illustrates some of the principles on which his seminars are based. He lives in a small remote village in Spain and travels the world, presenting his workshops.


What do we mean by taking a break?

Life for many of us is a constant rush. The pace that we are used to and the commitments that we take on and the technology that enables (and obliges) us to constantly stay connected all contribute to us powering forward without coming up for air.

We have convinced ourselves that productivity justifies our existence and that every moment that we are not doing something is a waste of time. We have come to believe that slowing down, or even worse, stopping, is not only useless but it is counterproductive and so we avoid it at all costs.

Think about how many of us check our work emails on the train or in the evening after dinner. How many times have we ended up working on a presentation while we are travelling? At first glance, it could seem like a positive thing. Making the most of this time allows us to spend less time at our desks, so we should have more free time shouldn’t we? It would be a positive thing if we hadn’t developed the habit of filling the time that we have freed up with more work and more activity.

The problem with technology is that it offers us great opportunities, but nobody ever really told us how to make the best use of it. Instead of using it to improve our lives, we have changed our lives to suit technology.

“people are judged by how quickly they respond and not by the quality of their reply”

We have too much work, we are too stressed, and we don’t dare to think about what could happen if we stopped, even for a minute. This causes us to live life constantly in operative mode, but we cannot physically and mentally always be at our most productive, without ever stopping.


The key ideas of "Do Pause"

What do we mean by taking a break?
Why do we need to take a break?
So how can we define a break?
The power of silence
How to incorporate breaks into our routine
How to plan longer breaks
What better place to take a break than in nature
A break as part of our culture
The gap year
How technology can help with our breaks
The time contingency
Take-home message

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