Episode 91: Walking Our Talk: Cultivating A Productive Downtime Habit with Anitza Martins

Aug 02, 2021

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Raise your hand if you get enough downtime in your days? Your weeks, months, or years? 

We’ve been covering the topic of rest, or what we like to call “productive downtime”, throughout the month of July.  

Now, it’s time to walk our talk. 

Rather than put new episodes together for August, we’re doin’ the backstroke to dig a little deeper into a select handful of past episodes that really dial in on what it means to pause. 

So, if the past few episodes about incorporating more rest, reflection, and productive downtime have been resonating with you, then August might just be your moment to start baking in the practice of rest into your regular routine, too.

When we talk about being successful, both as humans and in our professional work, we usually refer to climbing some sort of proverbial ladder. Whether it’s a corporate or an entrepreneurial ladder, we all want to keep going up. 

But if we’re in a constant state of “up”, we miss out on all the in between. 

There’s value in the in between. If you don’t take the time to pause, you’re not harvesting the important insights you just worked so hard to get. 

Growth isn’t actually in the shape of a ladder. It’s more like a spiral staircase. You still move upward, but with every step you take up, culmination invites you to circle back and reflect upon the wisdom gained from each previous footfall. 

So when we build in moments to pause, and reflect on our experiences before automatically moving on to the next thing, we can actually harvest the nourishing wisdom that we’ve worked for.

This episode an invitation to go deeper into what's working.

In this episode, Karlee weaves audience questions and comments with powerful episode clips to create rich conversations around professional sustainability. She’ll map out how you can make space for nourishment, and explains why it’s so important to pause and reflect. Leaning into the wisdom of listeners and guests, she’ll also identify what it means when we feel guilt for resting, and how that feeling can actually be a clue as to whether or not we’re truly living our values. 

If you’re ready to reap the benefits of pause and create space for rest and nourishment in your life, then this episode is for you! 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • What to expect from the podcast through August (3:23)
  • Why the time to consider a deeper form of nourishment is now (16:58)
  • A “nourishment” refresher (18:28)
  • How pros get past distractions and get time for nourishment (21:30)
  • Following up (and through!) on the 5 Better Questions (29:07)
  • Changing our relationship with guilt (39:05)
  • How to know when you’re honoring your values (44:19)

Resources Mentioned In This Episode: 

Episode 73: The Purposeful Pause - How Women Get Colossal Results By Contracting Before We Expand

Episode 3: Done Burning Out? The 4 phases of growth and sustaining success

Episode 69: Out of Sync? How Wise Women are Receiving Nourishment

Episode 70: Thinking About Change? How We Find Focus and Make Elevated Choices

Website: David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry

Master Sheet for Focus

Episode 71: Tired of Feeling Guilty? How Wise Women are Exploring Guilt and Becoming Better Leaders with Catherine Flavin

People Mentioned in this Episode:

Karen Witzig Rozell

David L. Cooperrider

Catherine Flavin

Messy and Magnificent is produced by the folks at Ginni Media

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