An inspiring, powerful guide to learning to “pause”—even just for a few minutes a day—to check in with yourself, avoid burn-out, and lead a happier and more meaningful career and life.
Rachael O’Meara was a customer support manager at Google when she realized she was burned out and needed to reassess her path. The best way to do this was to take a “pause”—a time-out to create space for her inner voice to be heard and to align her actions to lead a more fulfilled life. Pausing can be as simple as a five-minute walk outside, or a day spent unplugged from digital devices. Pause offers a chance to remember what “lights you up” beyond paychecks and corporate status. Rachael explains how to recognize the signs that you need to pause, tips for creating a meaningful experience, and how to return to everyday life with mental clarity and maintain your “pause mindset” to keep the lasting changes and boost fulfillment.
Weaving in psychology, existentialism, and neuroscience-based research, Rachael explains how pausing can boost your emotional intelligence and ability to act, feel, and communicate authentically and responsibly through her and others’ stories of pausing. She helps you create your own “Pause Plan,” regardless of how much time, money, or resources you have, and explains the different ways you can learn to meaningfully pause—whether for sixty seconds a day, an hour, a week, or over the course of several months—and discover what you value most, to lead the most satisfying and fulfilling life you choose.