When do I have time to breathe ? (Part 2 : @office)

The truth is that on very busy times … I don’t have the time to breathe at the office. Though it is not the same feeling  @Home, where I can get the few minutes to do the breathing exercices I talked about in my previous post, my office life is fast paced by deadines and customer demands that need to be treated under a very short time.

The demands in my job got even worse last year when I decided to work part time (4 days a week) in order to take the time to profit of my two young children. And of course, as you can expect, I still need to get the work load of 5 days done in only 4. 🙂

It took me quite a long time to understand what was my own receipe of not feeling completely overwhelmed by the amount of deadlines and projects (some of them short term, some other, longer term) that I need to manage.

The 1st key ingredient is that I love my job in the way that it does not only represent a material source of living and an intelectual challenge, but it also nourishes a part of my values and makes me feel useful for others. This motivational part is undoubtfully very important in hard times (or stress times).

But in very busy periods the only motivation isn’t enough. So, if I know that I will face a hard period, I try to nourish my BodyMind (see Body Fuel and Mind Fuel) in advance.

And, the most important thing when I don’t have the time to breathe @office is that instead of taking time, I create some free space.

Time and space are linked and can be used on the same purpose : allow us to let go.

So, I rarely have a time routine at work. As my main objective is to be able to put some space between me and my office tasks I try to create space bubbles (see time bubbles) often go out at lunch or go and work in another place than my desk, or try to work hard and leave early.

These space bubbles may be short – 10 to 15 min – or, long up to 2 hours and the main purpose is to put some physical distance beetween me and my desk. This allows me to calm down my emotions in case of stress and have a more detached point of view on the differents tasks I need to manage.

While I am away I use the time in order to priorise my tasks when I’m physically out of the office. Once I’m back, I follow my task list and often, I ‘m far more productive than if I had stayed on my chair, in front of my computer.


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