Gathering Minds - Pause

For our Gathering Minds Meeting this past month the MMX team and friends read Pause: Harnessing The Life Changing Power Of Giving Yourself A Break by Rachael O'Meara. This book was recommended by our friend and client, Janine Wachter, from the Greater Madison CVB. (Thanks Janine!) 

About the book:
Sometimes life throws you for a loop. You’re stressed out at your job; you’re torn between work and family; your motivation and productivity are taking a nosedive. Your impulse might be to lean in and tough it out, but what you may really need to do is take a step back. Reassess your life with a clear head and dive back in with purpose and poise.


Overall we thought this book had a few good points, but we didn't love it as many examples were for people taking 3-6 months off work to find themselves and it wasn't applicable to many of us with families and work commitments. We loved the general concept of taking a pause and took away these three nuggets: 

  • Take "technology breaks": We spend an increasing amount of time in front of screens be it for work, watching TV, or scrolling through social media. It's common for people to often be on two screens at the same time (like when you're watching The Bachelorette and texting your best friend what you think about each guy on the show). Pause recommends taking consistent technology breaks. This could be for 24 hours (ex: from dinner time on Saturday to dinner time on Sunday). Shut down your computer and phone, and head outside to enjoy some technology free adventures. Be aware that there's usually some decompression time where you feel (majorly) anxious not having access to your phone, but we promise it will eventually go away and you'll feel free and peaceful! 
  • Be present: We often live in the past, replaying scenarios that have already occurred, or in the future, dreaming about how things could play out. We often forget to live in the present. A little bit of time reflecting on the past is okay, dreaming and planning for the future is necessary, but also take time everyday to live in the present and have gratitude for all that you have. Journaling was one recommendation to be in the present. 
  • Awareness: This book brought awareness to a few team members on how much they work. A lot of us are consistently "on", checking and replying to slacks and emails in the evening and on weekends. This ties back to technology breaks and the importance to unplug at times to be fully present in moment. 

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 equals a book with little value one would not wish to read again, and 10 equals a fantastic book with the ability to grow an individual personally, professionally or both, we rated this book 6.3

Are you interested in personal and professional development? We invite you to join our Gathering Minds Meetings! Check out some of our past reads below:

Next month we're reading You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. please email for more details. 

by Kelly Heesterman