Pencil-in Time on Your Calendar to Think

Linda Dulye's picture

The nature of today’s workplace is to pack as many meetings and tasks into the week as we can. With so many organizations running lean these days, we often have no choice but to move from one thing to another. Sure, you may be busy but are you productive? One way to find out is to carve out time each week – an hour if you can – to reflect on what it is you and your team are working on and simply think.

If the thought of a quiet hour in your office or a coffee shop paralyzes you, here are some idea starters to get some creative thinking to flow:

  • Write down a list of all your projects and ask yourself about each one. Are there some that can be put on the back burner? Some that should be higher priority?
  • Tackle that stack of trade or business magazines piling up on your credenza. Chances are there’s an idea or two in them that might spark some new ideas.
  • Review your own professional development plan. Look for conferences, training sessions or books you should be considering to expand your skill set.
  • Take a walk. Sometimes just getting out of the office for a block of time can clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective on your workload.

The old adage “can’t see the forest for the trees” is truer than many of us want to admit. After all, we’ve got work to do, deadlines to meet, customers to satisfy. Nevertheless, we can’t accomplish all those things without a higher-level perspective on our workload and strategy. Do yourself a favor, jump off the fast track for an hour and give yourself a moment to think.


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