Have you ever lifted weights with a trainer?

If you have, you’ll know that one of the most important aspects is allowing yourself a break between each set of reps. Even when you aren’t tired, even when you know you easily have enough energy for another ten lifts, they make you wait out the entire rest period. Why?

This method has been shown to be the quickest way to build muscular endurance – that is: making your muscles more RESISTANT TO FATIGUE.

What if you could increase your resistance to mental and creative fatigue throughout your workday?

How many of us have had to rush from one meeting to the next, with no time in between to debrief from the first, prepare for the second, or even take a bathroom break. Especially now that meetings are being conducted via zoom, many of us aren’t giving ourselves any wiggle room.

Let’s experiment with what I call “Take 5 meetings,” scheduling 25 or 55 minute meetings instead of half hour and hour-long meetings. This not only gives you a break, it gives others one too. It can be hard to schedule break time, but this way it’s already built in. You’ll start to notice that this 5 minutes of downtime can revolutionize your focus, leadership presence, creativity, and meeting stamina.


“We take better care of our smartphone than ourselves. We know when the battery is depleted and recharge it.” – Unknown

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