Meetings work walking? It may seem like a strange idea, but it’s not so bad to think about it. Since ancient times the use of walking to think and even to talk and teach was a healthy and useful habit. From Socrates to Cicero, from the peripatetic to the present day many great writers, politicians, business men have maintained this habit.
In Silicon Valley, it seems that many big names in the 2.0 world business have rediscovered the walks even as ways to go about meeting with employees and meeting with customers and candidates.
Let’s remember, then, what can be the benefits of the walk …
- Best concentration, given by movement: having the “mother earth” under the feet has a reassuring function;
- Stress management: Movement, especially moderate and continuous over time (we speak of at least 30 minutes) relaxes the muscles and allows the body to emit endorphins;
- Benefits to the body: Benefit from muscle toning, oxygenation, circulation, pressure, digestion, good cholesterol etc.
- Mood Benefits: We are motoring beings and the movement immediately makes us feel better, in addition to the endogenous emission we have talked about;
- Psychological benefits: Walking transmits the feeling of going somewhere, being in motion not only physical but also in solving problems.
Now, I’m not telling you to arrange your next studio meetings with your customers walking around the garden or round the table (though it would undoubtedly be original!), but to reserve moments of the day devoted to this simple and healthy practice under all points of view. Of course, those who are lucky enough to live in environment rich in greenery and mountain views, rather than marinas are certainly more fortunate. But for those who live in the city suitable places and useful routes will surely find them.
When to go for a walk? Well, every time he has the opportunity: to go to court, to go and get some good coffee a bit further than the usual bar, in the morning to reach the office, on the evening of return home, after lunch to digest and relax a little.
Do you want to be more effective and efficient? Do you want to resume the helm of our days? Do you want to reap the time and technology tools as tools to manage and not be able to undergo? Well then you have to return to the art of monotasking. It would be no accident that the oldest philosophers, Tao, Zen, Epicurean, and Socrates proposed the art of doing one thing at a time as the true path of wisdom, efficiency, and serenity. Many may think that today’s rhythms do not allow us, which are only empty talk, theory. Instead, everyone can decide to improve their day-to-day relationship, time and activity management when they start applying the programming rules and then monotasking. Ok, you will not come to Zen serenity and peace, but surely the benefits and improvements, even in terms of performance there will be.
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