It’s all about one think – taking a pause.
I feel that the most important period at work is the gap between two tasks. It is during that gap between the tasks where you decide on what you want to do next.
A similar inspiration came from the idea of ‘Next Hour’ by Mark Forster. It simply suggests to ask oneself – ‘What is the best use of my time now for the next hour?’ It says what could we do now? What is the important thing? Is there anything I want to do first?
In the ‘Four Seconds‘, Peter Bregman repeats the same idea. He writes that to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath— is all it takes to replace bad habits and reactions with more productive behaviors.
When an unsettling event occurs, pause before reacting. In that pause, ask yourself a single question: What is the outcome I want? Then, instead of reacting to the event, react to the outcome. In other words, stop reacting to the past and start reacting to the future.” ― Peter Bregman
One should learn how to pause, wait, and think before acting. It’s all about avoiding those ‘knee-jerk’ reactions in our day-to-day lives.
The secret then to making good decisions that can simplify your life is always to take a single breath — lasting four seconds — before acting.