Speakers and Coaches … How much time do you build into your work week for thinking?
Yes, you read that right! I’m asking how much time you spend each week doing absolutely nothing.
So often in this fast-paced world, everyone seems to be laser focused on getting things done. To the point where the act of thinking can often be perceived as a waste of time.
But, if you want your business to thrive, I personally believe you need to invest time in thinking. (And if you do a bit of research on the topic, you’ll find I’m not alone in this belief.)
Whether it’s dreaming up marketing strategies for your business, troubleshooting issues, brainstorming new services, or just reflecting on future goals and plans, thinking is important.
What if you could spend a day just thinking and planning for your business? Imagine what you could dream up for your company if you allowed yourself the freedom to let your mind drift! I’m willing to bet it would revolutionize your business.
Besides, with all of the demands and deadlines we impose on ourselves as small business owners, is it realistic to believe we can do our best work by living life on repeat… going from one task-crammed day to the next?
No. As entrepreneurs (and well-rounded human beings,) we need space. Space to allow us to reflect and dream. To let our brain work through problems we’ve been experiencing. And to think up our next great idea.Do you set aside time to think each week?Click To Tweet
I read somewhere that the CEO of LinkedIn schedules two hours in his calendar each day just for thinking. And that bajillionaire businessman Warren Buffett also devotes time to thinking. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!
If you don’t currently take the time to think each day, I challenge you to do so.
Make a daily appointment with yourself to let your mind wander. And keep the appointment as you would any other. Experiment with the times of day you try … maybe you’re a morning thinker and not an evening one. You won’t know until you try!
And don’t just sit at your desk. Well, unless that works for you. You might have to make some tea, go for a walk, play catch with the dog, practice some yoga, go for a bike ride or just sit and ponder. Just do something that will allow you to spend some one-on-one time with your thoughts.
If you’re cringing at the idea of this, believing you don’t have the time to stop and think, that would suggest you need the time the most!
What do you think of the concept of doing absolutely nothing but thinking? Do you take time for thinking, or do you tend to focus only on doing? Do you have any tips to help others give themselves the gift of downtime?
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