Pausing for emphasis is done to bring attention to a point or drama to a moment. But pausing can do more than that. A pause is essentially a break- one that can be used for different things. A pause lets your audience digest what you just shared with them. It gives you a moment to gather yourself before you move forward and it allows you to reflect. A pause can last a few seconds or up to a few weeks–it all depends on the type of pause or break you need.
We live in fast-paced world: our society thrives on convenience, productivity and multi-tasking. Taking a break can actually be seen as negative, leaving little to no room for pause unless you create it yourself. But pause is good: it’s good for you, it’s good for your progress and it’s good for your future.
Pause for perspective
You’ve probably had times where you’ve had your head down with blinders on, grinding away on a special project- we all have. You’ve probably spent your waking moments trying to come up with new ideas, making to-do lists and agonizing over details. Usually the project wraps up successfully but you’re drained of your energy, and sometimes your sanity. During times like that, taking a pause could offer you perspective. By walking away from a project you’ve poured your heart and soul into, you give yourself time to mull over the project and let ideas simmer. By loosening your grip, you’re opening yourself up to other ideas and experiences that you can apply.
Pause to check in
This pause is two-fold: check in on your progress and check in on yourself. When we’re going 100 miles/hour, there’s a reason for it–what’s your reason? Are you working towards a goal? Are different parts of your life overlapping? Did something happen that’s causing a delay? Whatever the reason, you should be moving forward. It’s important to pause and look at where you are compared to where you thought you would be or where you need to be. Are you making progress? What progress have you made? Answering these questions can serve as motivation and testament to your hard work as well as show you how bright the light at the end of the tunnel is. Take a moment to pause, pat yourself on the back and use the momentum to keep going forward.
The second part is using a pause to check in on yourself. How are you feeling? How are you doing? Moving too fast can have an impact on you mentally and physically: pausing now to address this will save you from a bad situation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, take a break to regroup and scale back or prioritize before you continue on. Feeling restless and bored? A pause will give you a chance to refocus on what excites you and expand your scope to include those activities.
Pause before proceeding
You’ve paused to see where you should go next and you’ve paused to check in on your progress and yourself- now pause and think about how you’re going to get there. Setting realistic future goals gives you direction and a path to work towards. Instead of “doing” just to “do”, you can proceed with purpose. This will help you be more efficient and feel better about what you’re doing as well.
In a world that never sleeps or never stops moving, taking a break will give you the time to review, regroup and revitalize yourself to keep moving forward. By taking the three pauses above, when you do pause for emphasis, the spotlight will be right where it should be: on your great work.
Sejal is a Recruitment Marketing Project Manager at Intel. She is part of the team that is responsible for Intel’s global employment brand. This team helps connect candidates with Intel and Intel with candidates using channels such as the Jobs at Intel web site, the Life at Intel microsite and other Web 2.0 channels. Sejal specifically manages theJobs at Intel Blog and Intel’s recruitment Facebook strategy. Originally from Toronto, Ontario (yes—a real, breathing Canadian!), Sejal graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with her Bachelor’s in Communications before starting at Intel in 2008. When she’s not working, you’ll find Sejal working at crossing things off of her Bucket List (which includes skydiving, reading 1000 books and traveling the world), eating cupcakes or spending time with family and friends. To learn more about opportunities with Intel, visit intel.com/jobs, follow Intel on Twitter @JobsatIntel or check out the Jobs@Intel blog!