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#49 - Knowing When to Press the Pause Button

This week’s tip is brief by necessity but I also hope that its brevity is illustrative of the point I wish to make.
 
Lately, I have found myself stretched thin by demands in all areas of my life. These strains are complicated further by an injury to my hand, making writing at the keyboard difficult. When it rains, it pours it seems. 
 
Neuroscience, and I would say common sense, tells us that when our cognitive resources are strained, we often don’t perform at our best. Research has shown that people who are “cognitively busy” are more likely to make dubious choices, reaching over the salad in favour of cookies.  Busy minds are also absent minds, distracted and forgetful, quick to judge, and challenged by everyday choices.  In these moments, rather than pushing forward, make time to step back, rest, and recharge.


 
 

So I’m taking my own advice this week and keeping this tip short and sweet in order to rest and recharge, replenishing my cognitive reservoir!   Do you do the same when you are stretched thin?
 
I look forward to reconnecting with you next Tuesday.

 
Dominique
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