Use your senses to increase your presence

"Start team meetings by dropping the anchor." Dr Suzy Green

What the?

As the Greater Sydney lockdown continues for another four weeks managers need to expand their tool kit for leading during lockdown.

'Dropping the anchor' is a process to promote mindfulness and focus and is particularly beneficial in a lockdown context of seemingly endless and back to back zoom meetings.

The process can be done between meetings to help you recenter and get grounded/anchored.

If you are running a meeting you can try doing this at the start of the discussion to help everyone else get anchored.

Sounds great Rich but how do you do it?

I'm glad you asked.

There are a few versions but my go to is called 5-4-3-2-1.

Ask yourself or those in your meeting to focus their attention on:

🍎 5 things they can see,

🍎 4 things they can touch,

🍎 3 things they can hear,

🍎 2 things they can smell and

🍎 1 thing they can taste.

This technique is also great if you are feeling stressed or emotional.

Use your senses to increase your presence.