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Taking Time to Think

Updated: Jun 12, 2021

What does time to think look like to you? It is so necessary to create the time and space to think. To be. To feel. To appreciate. To ponder.


I love the word eunoia which means beautiful thinking. Pancho Tolchinsky wrote about why thinking is beautiful. He said: "One of the greatest gifts to our imagination is that our mind can swing between two very distinct modes of being. At the one extreme, we can experience ourselves immersed in our activities, fully integrated with our environment just like any other living organism. At the other extreme, we can experience ourselves as detached from our surroundings, as if we were outside observers of our world, of ourselves and even of our own experiences."


As entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders, managers, and humans, we need to take more time to think. I want to share what I believe is essential to thinking time and why you need to do more of it. This element of personal thinking time allows you to understand yourself better, make smarter decisions, reduce time waste, reduce stress and increase your confidence and happiness. There are few better ways to spend your time.


Slow down to speed up. Often, we measure our productivity by the number of things we accomplished in the day. My mom would often say “the hurrier you go, the behinder you get.” Spending time in contemplation is where the magic happens.


Make time for thinking. Schedule it and get away to do it. Thinking time does not typically happen in the middle of the norm. Step away from your home or office and get out into nature. In my opinion, that is the most important piece to creating thinking time. Think about where your best ideas happen. Taking a drive is my favorite! Going for a hike or just sitting by the bay. Research has shown that humans have an innate love of and need for nature.


Seek Silence. Silence truly is golden. Try to find a place that is quiet and peaceful. This allows all your focus and energy to be given to your thinking time.


Write it down. Writing is a powerful way to capture your ideas and get them into an organized, actionable form. Take a journal and start by putting your thoughts on paper without criticism or evaluation. Activate your imagination with words or pictures. Ask yourself questions, think about problems you want to solve, think about people you want to connect with.


Talk to yourself! Don’t be afraid to think out loud. Talking to yourself can make your thoughts more real.


Think about solutions. Positive thinking isn’t magic and it won’t make all of your problems disappear. What it will do is make problems seem more manageable and help you approach hardships in a more positive and productive way.


Create a vivid vision. Our team is working on our vivid vision this month and it starts with individual thinking time. By focusing on mapping out how you see your company looking and feeling in every category of business, without getting bogged down by data and numbers, a Vivid Vision creates a holistic road map to success that will get all of your teammates passionate about the big picture.

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