Peter Block, a writer on organizational life and author of Stewardship, among other books, once said to me, “Have you ever noticed, you come back from a two-week vacation—maybe you’ve gone to some beach someplace, and you’ve gotten plenty of sleep, you feel deeply relaxed and restored. You come back to work, maybe the first day you’re like, ‘Oh, I feel great! I’m so relaxed.’ But something happens by about day two in the afternoon, where it’s as if a brick wall is falling on top of your head.”
His comment to me was, “We have to find a way to build reflection into the workplace.” But the big question is how. How do we actually stop and reflect at work? How can we explore being present in the midst of having a to-do list 50 items long?