I Really Need a Mute Button

I’m not kidding when I say I need a mute button.

I didn’t realize until someone recently pointed out that I have a problem of interrupting people. Sometimes it’s because I think I know how they’ll finish their sentence so I rush to do it for them. Other times it’s because I’m in a rush to get my ideas out.

No matter what the reason is, though, it’s not okay.

So, despite not being nearly perfect at all with this goal – which was expected – I’m really pleased to count this as a success. I’m a lot more conscious of other people’s words and taking the time to really listen.

I even had a few moments where I was able to stop myself before interrupting! Especially at work, where all I want (and need) to do is get as much information out as fast as I can before the customer dismisses me.

Here’s hoping this sticks with me, and now on to another week of taking a step back!

This upcoming week I’ll only be watching documentaries or Ted Talks. My hope is that I’ll get out of the groove of watching shows and movies just to watch them, and instead be mindful of what I’m putting into my head.

If you have any recommendations for documentaries available on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or any Ted Talks, please leave it in the comments below!

See you next week, everyone!


If you’d like to see the complete list of 52 things I’m accomplishing this year, click here to check out my first blog! For now, here’s what I’ve done and what’s to come in the next few weeks:

Last week: Try not to interrupt people. Resist the urge you annoying youngest child. You can do it – or at least suffer internally trying.

This week: Only watch documentaries or Ted Talks if you feel the need to watch anything at all.

Next week: Text or call one person each day to catch up and ask how you can pray for them. You should probably start with your grandparents.



I am a senior at GVSU majoring in Communications Studies. Check out my current blog, "Gwen's 52 Things," here ---> https://gwens52things.wordpress.com/ Check out my class blog, "Exploring Public Relations," here ---> https://gwenpearsonblog.wordpress.com/ Check out my blog about my initial experiences as a GVSU Writing Consultant here ---> https://gwenp2015wrt306.wordpress.com/

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