Every day I recommend you spend time thinking. Schedule it if you need to. There has never been a problem that I have not been able to figure out through scheduled and strategic thinking time.
Relationship issue that I did not know how to handle? Taking time to think about it gave me the right answers.
A complex project at work that I did not know the next steps on? Scheduled thinking gives me my best ideas.
I had a boss once that had the gift of gab. The dude could schmooze better than anyone. He and I were re-negotiating my role and compensation plan with-in the organization. At the end of a very tense conversation, he asked me “how I felt about his plan?” My response was, “I feel good right now but because I know how you are with words, I need to go think and will tell you my response in the morning”. I left the company a few months later, in an action that lit a fire under my career. All because I took time to just think.
Focused thinking is the greatest tool we have in our toolbelt. I do it while I drive, I do it in the shower, I even schedule time on my calendar for it.
Sometimes you just need to Spend Time Thinking.
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