Is your head full of lists and things to do? Or is your head spinning so much you can’t slow it down long enough to make a list?
Sometimes we get to the end of the day and have been so busy that we haven’t had a moment to think. We barrel through our “to do” lists without a thought. When mistakes or crises occur we often grab at the quickest solution without truly thinking things through. The same can be said for our personal lives.
When computers were invented we were told they were going to save us time. However the opposite seems to be true – we are busier than ever before. Often “busy” gets in the way of thinking.
Intuitively we all know that we do our best thinking, not when we are rushing around, but when we are relaxing; walking, resting, gardening, doing things that aren’t about the problems we may want to solve. It isn’t always possible to escape for some quiet time when we most need to think, so we need to create the time in the way we live our lives.
Thinking time is important and we have a magnificent tool at our disposal (our brain) if we’d only give it a chance. Thinking time helps us be objective, make rational decisions, solve problems, establish goals and how we will achieve them, generate ideas and create alternatives that we can then innovate.
We should take some time each day to simply think, but unfortunately many people don’t do this.
People say they are too busy. Yet they often have to find time to “fight fires” and deal with situations that may not have occurred had they given themselves time to think in the first place.
Some people think best when they are moving; walking, running etc. Others think in the shower. Some people like to sit outside or just stare off in to the distance and let their brain do its job. It doesn’t matter where you think; the important point is allowing yourself the time to think.
If you’ve never given yourself thinking time before you may need some help to get in the right state of mind. Try this simple technique: sit comfortably, put your hands palm down on your thighs, and close your eyes (or not), take 5 or 6 deep breaths into your belly. Inhale for the count of five and exhale for the count of seven. Notice how you heartbeat is becoming more regulated. Notice how much calmer you feel. Feel the oxygen working its way through your blood stream. Feel the sensation of the air coming through your nose and out your mouth. Then just sit – for 10 mins (Set your alarm if you feel the need). Think of nothing, or think of something in particular, or just see what happens. Ideally you will stretch this out to 20 minutes a day. You’ll soon get the hang of it and you may be amazed at the thoughts that start to pop up.
This will be the best thing you do for your body and mind all day. Try it for a week and see the difference. You never know – it may become a daily habit that you enjoy! We hope so.