Respond, rather than react

respondHow much of your day is driven by reaction?

The phone rings, you jump. The email dings, you open it. You get an instant message and interrupt what you were doing to read it. You are sorting your email and dive into someone else’s agenda.

We spend so much energy jumping from one thing to the next with no thought, no consideration and no appreciation of the relative merits of what we are doing. And at the end of the day, we wonder why we didn’t get more done! 

And then we wonder why we feel so overwhelmed?

Remember the old adage – count to 10? There’s a reason for that.

Pausing for a moment, counting to 10 or taking a few breaths will immediately pull you out of reaction, and give you time to consider and respond.

That is far less stressful and far more productive.



© Terry Monaghan, 2013 ~ All Rights Reserved

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