Time Out …………. For Your Best Thoughts

My quick browse of the definition of busy surfaced the following:

1. Engaged in activity, as work; occupied.
2. Sustaining much activity: a busy morning; a busy street.
3. Meddlesome; prying.
4. Being in use, as a telephone line.
5. Cluttered with detail to the point of being distracting: a busy design.

And I think that if you were to ask the average person would you rather be busy or its direct opposite – idle, that most would say that they preferred to be busy. Idleness and laziness are undesirables.

Interestingly, when individuals are asked when do they have their best thoughts, the responses include:

 Early in the morning
 On the drive home
 Seated on the toilet
 On the balcony looking out to sea
 Walking
 When I still my thoughts after overanalysing a situation
 During Reflection

Their best thoughts emerged during:

 Solitude – when they had alone time or were able to create that stillness in a crowd
 Reflection – when they took time to reflect and introspect

Are we too cluttered with detail, analysis and information overload, to the point where it is actually a distraction? What if we were to develop the discipline of creating that daily opportunity for our best thoughts to emerge? How would that impact personal productivity and organisation performance? Time Out …….. the intentional cessation of an incomplete task

Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – facilitating internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email judy@meredithmcsween.com or call 684 9827

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