People spend about 47 of their lives lost in thought pondering the past and worrying about the future. Stop the cycle and get more productive and... (RT @DerekONeill101: Don't forget to hit PAUSE!
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We live in a world of continuous distraction. According to a recent study by Harvard, 47% of our lives are spent lost in thought -- "pondering the past and worrying about the future" -- not able to cherish the present moment. No longer true for Amy Jo Martin and her team at Digital Royalty.
Stress is no stranger to Ms. Martin. As the CEO of a social media consulting firm, there have been days when meetings were lined up 15 at a time. It was on one such day when Amy Jo noticed an 8 minute meeting on her calendar entitled, "Ready, Set Pause."
Encouraged by a colleague, Ms. Martin took 8 minutes to put on her headphones and listen to music. This short hiatus changed her life. "From that day on, an 8-minute 'Ready, Set, Pause' has held a permanent spot in my daily agenda". And today, "Ready, Set, Pause" is part of Digital Royalty University courses.
Taking a daily pause fosters mindfulness and immediately decreases stress levels. "It can be as easy as listening to a few songs, or going for a walk. However you choose to take it, make sure there are no distractions. No phones, conversations, or computers."
Are you ready? Set? Then pause and share your experience with others using the hashtag #ReadySetPause or tagging @ReadySetPause. We would also be interested in hearing about your experiences @iUnplug.