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Take your work for a walk℠

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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!

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Author: Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is an executive coach, facilitator, professional speaker and senior consultant who can help you create more positive working relationships, improve your performance, and achieve goals through understanding and practicing effective communication on every level.

5 thoughts on “Take your work for a walk℠

  1. I love going on walks and am grateful to live and work in an area where it is easy and pleasant to walk. I even invested in snowcleats for my boots so I can still get out and walk in the worst of Wisconsin’s wintry weather. I do think the movement of the body jiggles forth ideas and solutions and openings that are often quite surprising and “just right.” Thanks for the reminder. Nancy

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