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Meet people in your professional orbit with Jolt Circles

Bethany Gill, Regional Community Manager @ Jolt
April 21, 2020

You’ve got a community of driven and inspiring professionals at your fingertips, and we’re here to help you tap into it and expand your inner-professional-circle. 

Introducing: Jolt Circles. 

A virtual space for you to connect and grow with other Jolt students in similar roles and professions.

Jolt Circles bring together small groups of students in a friendly, easy-going and action-focussed atmosphere. Like a cheese and wine night, but virtual… and for your career.

The beauty of the virtual format means you’ll gain access to the global Jolt community expanding your reach and knowledge across borders. 

Keen to get involved? Sign up to Jolt Circles below - pick the one most relevant to you -  and you’ll be notified when the next one is in the diary.

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Don’t see anything relevant to you? We are adding more Jolt Circles all the time. Submit your suggestion below for a group you’d like to see brought together via Jolt Circles. 

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So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks?

I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...

Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.

And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.

The cognitive load is real, y'all.

But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.

Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.

The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.

Your dreams don't have an expiration date.

Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.

And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.

Here's a challenge for you

Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.

Put airplane mode on for a while. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without judging it.

Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.

When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.


"A spark of inspiration needs an empty cave."

Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.

Taken by over 18,500 people; Calibrated by 100s of tech employees

By taking this 10-min test I can set myself up for success

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