I confess; I crowbar things.
If I find myself with 10 minutes free, I’ll crowbar in a phone call. If I see a blank spot on my calendar, I’ll crowbar in one more appointment.
People often ask me how I get so much done. The truthful answer is, sometimes very badly.
At times my crowbar time management ups my productivity, but at other times crowbarring in one more thing creates chaos.
Like this week, when I crowbarred in a phone call while packing and neglected to include my passport.
That seemingly small almost non-decision resulted in 12 hours of stressful chaos for myself, and others, included my husband who had to dash to the airport to overnight said passport to me on the West coast so that I could get into Canada the next day.
I’m not alone in my crowbarring. I see the same thing happening with my clients.
As the pace of life heats up, people find themselves checking email at stop lights, texting while talking to family members, and booking so many back to back appointments, there’s no time in between to think.
The best boss I’ve ever had once told me, “One of the biggest mistakes executives make is booking themselves so tightly that they don’t have time to do the creative strategic thinking that made them successful in the first place. “
More isn’t always better, it’s often worse.
Wellness and Performance coach Richa Badami says that the secret is to “Pause for Power.”
Badami says, “Sometimes the simplest solutions are hidden in plain sight. Taking brief pauses throughout the day can be simple and effortless and still have a profound impact on your life and work. “
When you pause, you breathe, which makes you physically stronger, and you clear your mind, which enables you to think more strategically. Here are three ways to leverage the power of the pause:
Avoid costly mistakes by putting down the phone and focusing on the task at hand.
So next time you’re tempted to crowbar in just one more thing, consider pausing, it might make the difference between power and chaos.