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Do Pause: You are not a To Do list Robert Poynton

Machines are designed to run constantly; people aren’t. Our coping mechanisms are meditation apps, weekend breaks and annual holidays, but things soon revert. To prosper, we need a more sustainable approach — an ability to pause.

Do Pause looks at the importance of this subtle yet powerful idea to communication, creativity, relationships — as well as our wellbeing and sanity. With practical tools to help you create new habits or make more significant lifestyle choices, you’ll discover ways to:
  • Reset and regenerate
  • Deepen your thinking and experiences
  • Take back control of your time
  • Reconnect with other people — and yourself

From taking a breath to taking a sabbatical, a pause can be many things. And the good news is, even just a small pause every now and again can make a real and lasting difference.

This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download.

For the Spanish edition of Do Pause, please click here.


  • Second book from Robert Poynton, author of Do Improvise
  • Timely and much needed, a new approach to coping with the day-to-day
  • Practical tools to help us integrate pause
  • Original colour photography by Jim Marsden
  • As featured in The Washington Post
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'An essential book that makes you pause. And then think about time. And then change'
Leila Ferreira, writer & journalist
'Knowing when to stop, disconnect and reassess things isn't a mid-life crisis or a sign of weakness - it's a fundamental necessity. Recommended to help you slow down.'
'Most self-help guides give you tips to cram more into your life. But Do Pause will ensure the reverse - that you get more out of your life. Pressing the pause button is the key to being happier and healthier'
Inspire, Daily Mail
'What an excellent book this is. Warm, wise and explains how you literally create time.'
Nick Parker
'Robert Poynton's incisive new book...encourages us to make a little more time for pauses in our lives.'
The Essential Journal

About the author

Robert Poynton divides his time between an off-grid, solar-powered house near Arenas de San Pedro in rural Spain and Oxford, where he is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School. He designs and facilitates programmes, retreats and workshops - which act as pauses for thought - both online and in person, for organisations and individuals. In Spain, Robert often uses his local environment in his work. He hosts a range of creative programmes and events, such as Reading Retreats, in and around the Sierra de Gredos mountains. His work at Oxford University is practical not academic - he uses the playful approach described in Do Improvise (published in 2013 and updated in 2022), to help leaders work with complex change. For ten years he has also been an integral part of the Praxis Forum at Green Templeton College, a research centre focused on the connection between thinking and doing. In 2020 he founded Yellow, an online learning programme that is designed in response to the participants rather than a pre-determined curriculum. He has spoken and led workshops at The DO Lectures, The Skoll World Forum, Singularity University and Schumacher College. He is married with three grown up sons. His wife runs an organic beef farm.

Robert’s Do Lecture: Why We All Need To Pause Right Now

Rob shares insights from Do Pause as he reflects on the world’s moment of pause during lockdown in 2020.

Product Details

Pub date: April 2019
Dimensions: 120x178mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-63-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-64-9


15 original colour photographs by Jim Marsden

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper.

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