Taking time to think is not just a luxury – it’s an essential business strategy that will help you gain clarity and vision.
In fact, Warren Buffett has a dedicated thinking time every day just to read, think, ponder and write a few notes. He does this because he knows he needs to get new ideas.
Have you noticed that you get some of your best ideas when you’re in the shower or on a run? That’s because your mind is freed up, and you haven’t got anything pressing on it. With all of the stress of daily tasks momentarily not bothering you, your ability to think creatively is greatly enhanced.
In these situations, your conscious mind can receive the thoughts from your subconscious mind.
So why aren’t more business owners taking time to think? Why don’t we all have a dedicated thinking time like Warren Buffett?
Well, one barrier you might face is being overcommitted and not allocating time in your schedule. A solution to this is to block time in your schedule so that you have a dedicated period of thought.
Second, tell your team that you’re in an important meeting so that they don’t disturb you. You don’t want to have your mind drift back to the here-and-now.
Third, turn off your phone and email notifications so that you don’t get distracted.
It’s not just taking time to think that’s beneficial, but allowing the thinking to come to you. It might not even happen during that period. But this opening up of your mind to let thoughts in will lead to revelations and insights that you wouldn’t normally come up with.
So, have a dedicated time in your daily routine. You might just solve that old problem that’s been bothering you.