Do you set aside a regular time to think? Do you know when you do your best thinking? Many people do know and have found it makes them more productive.
I would love to have a “just think time,” but with my schedule and the commitments I have, it is a rarity that I can just sit and think. If you are like me you probably grab any bite-sized piece of time to try to do productive thinking when you can focus and be undisturbed.
I have found two of my best thinking times are in the shower and when I am driving alone. I actually look forward to these times and enjoy being able to talk out loud to myself as I think things through. I keep a tablet in my bathroom drawer and also in my car to jot any super-thoughts that I have during my “think times.”
A few years ago the Wall Street Journal published an article by Sue Shellenbarger, (see link below for full article), titled “A Peak Time For Everything.”
I really enjoyed this article and was happy I could locate it online at this time. It talks about the fact that each of us has our own time clock and peak times that we function better. When we know when these times are and can capitalize on them, we can accomplish more.
Sue writes; “A growing body of research suggests that paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help pinpoint the different times of day when most of us perform our best at specific tasks, from resolving conflicts to thinking creatively.
Most people organize their time around everything but the body’s natural rhythms. Workday demands, commuting, social events and kids’ schedules frequently dominate—inevitably clashing with the body’s circadian rhythms of waking and sleeping.”
It is important to know oneself in order to be more productive.