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Setting aside time to think is vital for good decision-making and keeping your sanity.



People talk a good deal about being money rich and time poor.  They talk about not having enough time to spend with their friends or their families.



It is well documented that LinkedIn boss Jeff Weiner  schedules two hours of uninterrupted thinking time a day.  Executives at AOL are asked to spend 10 per cent of their time (about four hours a week) just thinking. 



Microsoft’s Bill Gates is another example for whom thinking time is essential.  In his case, it was two weeks a year in a secluded location to contemplate his Company’s future, uninterrupted.


For me, the significant link between these people is that they are in a position to make the choice to make the time.



The AOL executives ‘are asked’ to spend approximately four hours a week just thinking.  They have reached a level in their careers where they have a good deal of autonomy over how they choose to work, as long as the results are as good as expected.



Many students, and others, can have difficulties managing their time in basic ways ~  getting reports submitted on time, or even getting up on time can be challenges.



Most people putting in a day at work or study is trying to juggle shopping for food, laundry, cooking, fitting in exercise, meeting friends for an odd coffee or a pint.  Children may be in the picture, and they add to the jobs to be done and totally reorientate one's priorities.



When do most people feel entitled to spend time alone, in the quiet, not watching the washing machine, just letting their thoughts flow, or grappling with a problem that really needs concentration and attention?




I observe that from an early age, children are now expected to be doing something all the time,  even if it’s only watching something bland and unengaging on television. 




The time children spend outdoors or in their rooms, in quiet and alone, is when daydreaming happens, when imaginations expand, and nothing seems improbable. 




This is also the time children need to work out connections in relation to schoolwork or within the family. 

This is important thinking: we all need to understand where we stand in relation to other people; friends, classmates, workmates, and family. 




Albert Einstein and Leonardo daVinci both got into trouble frequently for gazing out the classroom window, not engaged in the current work.




We all need time and space, and we need to learn from a young age to incorporate it in our lives.  It should become a habit like brushing one’s teeth. 




We have to get away from any notion that spending time ‘doing nothing’ is wasting time.  It’s no such thing. 




For our physical, mental, and psychological welfare, we need our own time just as we need food, sleep, and exercise.





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Regards, Iseult

Iseult Catherine O’Brien




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