Take a break! I’ll just check my emails first.

Posted: 22/02/2013 in Latest Ideas and Opinions
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Once upon a time, a whistle would blow or a bell would chime and work would stop. Has this disappeared on purpose or have businesses merely taken the bell or whistle off the wall?

I know laws are in place to ensure that we all have adequate breaks at work. But in reality, laws are only effective when they are followed in every office block, warehouse or factory. And who actually polices these laws and regulation, the HR department of a national company who are in London, while you are in an office in Devon.

Lets be honest now, how many people reading this have worked through lunch to meet a deadline? How many feel pressured to do this regularly? How many have lunch at a desk and a colleague or manager will just check on some work? The sandwich goes back on the foil and this time is magically wiped away from the dinner hour. It happens everywhere and the mere mention of it, screams lack of commitment to the company you work for.

In my opinion, countries such as Spain and Japan have a far better system then our own for this sort of issue. Some companies in Japan have pods for the employees to sleep in during breaks to ensure they are fully rested and performing at the best of their abilities. It gives them a break to dream of new ideas and evaluate the day so far. Although I have to point out, that I for one can’t do power naps. If I eventually go to sleep, it’s for good, not for 30 minutes of relaxation time. But the principals are right. People need a break. Its common sense. But when we go to a cafe for a cup of coffee, do we look at the beautiful view at Crooklets Beach? Or do we get our IPad or laptop out and just check on our emails.

When do we unplug everything and say, today I am going to relax and evaluate  the day in it’s simplest form? This is how some of the greatest ideas in history were thought up. We need to use the greatest piece of technology we have from time to time, which is our own brain. When you sit in silence, have you ever noticed how many new thoughts occupy your mind? Things you may not have thought about for years. You start to evaluate things, you start to use skills you have learnt over the years to decide the best way forward. Instinct can be our most prized asset but we spend so much time checking Google, reading forums and updating social media, that we never actually ask ourselves what we think the best form of action may be.

I’m a firm believer in technology being used to make things easier but lets stop developers making it the new human brain and do a little thinking for ourselves. Not using the internet or technology for one day isn’t as scary as it first seems. Take a walk, meditate, go to the gym and you’ll see a new perspective. Even if it’s the realisation that actually, you can’t live without the technology you use so often.

Just an ironic thought, the irony being that you need to use the technology to read the post in the first place. I needed to use it to write it but no one said I was perfect either.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment…

Lee

 

 

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