The 21st century world in which we find ourselves is super busy. In fact, more busy than any generation or cycle that has passed. Entrepreneurs are sweating it out at the factory. CEOs are always short of time. Working parents arrive home late and leaves home at dawn. Taxi and bus drivers meanders so as to beat traffic, and employees are desperately trying to run faster just to catch up. Alas, all of these leaves us with little or no time to think.
When was the last time you booked an appointment with yourself? When was the last time you dedicated specific hour(s) in a day, a week or in a month for yourself, your family, your loved ones and/or for personal development? When was the last time you said “I need a break” to think, to refresh and to recreate?
We all have 168 hours a week. You don’t need to take as much as 50 hours out for yourself in order to make a significant difference in your life and in your career. Booking an appointment with yourself could mean setting aside 3 hours a week for self development. It could mean switching off your cellphone after official working hours so you could spend time with your kids or loved ones. It could mean blocking a couple of half days every month to think. It is an appointment scheduled by you, for you and with you.
It might interest you to know that “at least twice a year, Bill Gates take a week off to spend time with himself. He would use the week to read, study, and think big! All by himself without any distractions.”
Indeed, “in our fast-paced, productivity-focused lives and workplaces, we are losing our gardens—literally and figuratively. We need to reclaim them.”
Do you have a thinking time? Do you have a space on your long list of appointments for yourself?
Think about this.
Readers Are Leaders.