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Time-Out!

Coaches yell “Time-Out!” at critical points in most games.  It is usually when things are not going in their favor, or their team is dragging and needs a rest.  We put our kids in “time-out” when they have made a poor choice and need to reflect on what they have done.  Or they just need some time to let their emotions (and ours) settle down.

For organizational teams, I encourage time-outs every quarter to:

–       review and measure progress made

–       celebrate wins

–       recalibrate long term goals

–       regroup after a major loss

–       brainstorm about what could be next

For individuals, time-outs can come:

–       at the start of each day for perspective and mindset

–       during the day for focus (10am & 3pm notifications to pause)

–       on Sundays for a time of rest and enjoying family and friends

–       on long weekends to invest in your marriage or close friendships

–       weekly/monthly/semi-annually to review goals and make new ones

–       on milestone birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate and reflect

One of my favorite quotes is: “An unexamined life is not worth living,” Socrates.  Time-outs provide a great opportunity to examine your life regularly.  How should you intentionally take time-outs in your professional and personal life?

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