Do you like walking? Wish you had more time for it? I encourage you to walk for more than the usual reasons (e.g., the dog needs to do his business, it improves cardiovascular health and burns calories). I invite you to take your work for a walk℠. Walking offers an opportunity to think more creatively about a business challenge. If you choose a quiet, safe path (free from traffic and distractions), set an intention, open your mind, and put one foot in front of the other, you may be surprised at the outcome.
This week, I’ve walked with clients while advising them on leadership, communication or career-transition issues. Since January 1, 2011, I’ve walked daily, sometimes only with my iPhone — handy for capturing “aha” insights — other times with my husband, friends or clients. Each trek has underscored the value of moving away from the desk, office or routine for a change of scenery and perhaps a change of mind.
Often, my best thinking happens during walks. I may start off feeling sluggish and uninspired, but being outdoors and on the move usually shifts my energy and attitude. I’m more efficient and focused on priorities once I’m back in my office.
It took me years to accept this: I’m not good at some habits associated with “productivity” and successful entrepreneurship. I could choose to see this as a problem (and I have beat myself up about it, too often) but now I appreciate my nontraditional approaches to getting things done. Walking works for me and it’s time to share how it works, in case others may benefit. I’ll be blogging more about how I integrate walking and work. I hope you’ll try a business-focused walk and I welcome comments about what you discover on the path.
P.S. I took most photos on this blog during my walks!