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Shifting Gears Part 1: Discovering Potential

For many the way we work (if we are working) has dramatically changed in past few weeks. With most now under lockdown we are adjusting to working from home, or life without work, and being confined to our homes. Amongst all these restrictions we now face there is one thing we have in abundance… time.

In a world of instant gratification, online shopping, social media, and increasing workloads, stress, anxiety and fear have become the norm. Our obsession with speed was causing a health crisis of its own. In this ‘time poor’ environment the ability to multitask has become an essential characteristic, however, research suggests it can lead to as much as a 40% drop in productivity. Only 2.5% of the population processes tasks simultaneously, and those who attempt it make 50% more error. This relentless pace often leads to occupational burnout; characterised by exhaustion, negativity and reduced effectiveness.

The current pandemic has allowed us a chance to slow down. To contemplate, meditate, connect with family, and take our time. We are offered the chance to take a reflective and methodical approach to everything we do. This is not new, the Slow Movement has been around since 1986, and mindfulness training is now common in many organisations. Measurable results such as an increase in productivity, concentration and accuracy can be achieved though slowing down.

So let’s take this opportunity to shift gears and live each moment to the fullest. Let us concentrate on what is really important, and build a new and improved mental well-being for when the fog finally lifts.

With this in mind we have come up with a series of 10 positive things that you can do in relation to you career, which we will be releasing over to next 2 weeks. We hope you enjoy this series of tips and techniques called ‘Shifting Gears’ – Discovering Potential.

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