The importance of a simple walk in the park

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The importance of a simple walk in the park

Frequent interruptions produce a lot of difficulties in taking the best decisions. But, there are many techniques that could increase your clarity, and in many cases, these are easy to apply.

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An entrepreneur or manager must take tens of decisions each day, but during the day he/she might reach decision fatigue. You can read more about decision fatigue here.

The attention restoration theory (I read about this concept first in Cal Newport’s book — Deep Work), was developed by Rachel Kaplan and Stephen Kaplan. The research says through this theory that people could increase their concentration level after a time spent in nature.

If you are in the middle of a project that requires decisions and clarity, a short walk could be helpful. If next to your office you can find a park, that’s even better. This refocus from your problems will give you the possibility to see solutions from a different perspective.

I really like to walk, and that’s why I usually use the subway. Besides the actual efficiency given by the fact that I can better control the estimated time to reach a meeting (instead of driving and finding a parking space), a walk gives me the chance to keep my limited number of decisions and focus on the tasks that I need to do. When I drive, I must take a lot of other decisions, and the focus could easily be directed towards negative aspects (other drivers, traffic, finding a parking space).

If you have a park next to your office, try a simple walk after lunch (even if it’s 5–10 minutes), because it would give you the energy and clarity needed for your tasks. You will see that disconnecting will reconnect you to your productive state.

Also, a simple walk in the park could be the step back that you need to see the big picture of the day, on your tasks and projects. It’s easy to get distracted by tens of emails, meetings of Facebook posts and to forget that you really need that you need a break in order to have a better focus on what matters.
And if the nature of your job doesn’t allow you suck walk, you should use at least weekends to reconnect with nature, relax and disconnect from any device that requires your full attention.

I wish you a relaxed & disconnected weekend!

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