by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Professional Development, Time managementTagged as: Success
How much time do you spend just thinking? If you’re like most people, most of your time is spent running from meeting to meeting, responding to urgent requests, urgent deadlines, and emergencies. When we’re relaxing, we’re checking our email, voicemail, or answering our cell phones. When we’re exercising, we’re either watching CNN or listening to music on our smartphones.
We’re great at multi-tasking (or so we think), and we’re great at making snap decisions (we hope), but what about those decisions and issues that require deeper reflection? By default or by design, most of us have little actual opportunity to sit and think.
Certainly as we consider our professional success, there are many tough questions that are worthy of exploration:
Of course, there are dozens of other questions that you might consider, but start with these. Reflecting on these tougher questions gives us greater confidence when we’re forced to respond quickly on other issues. Some suggestions for productive thinking:
Thinking time gives us a break from the urgent, and an opportunity to recharge. It allows us to be creative, which can’t be done well under deadline. And of course, we benefit from the product of our thoughts.
Schedule time in to think – that’s it. While it may seem obvious, thinking is a skill like any other – the more you do it, the better you get at it.
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