The Best Handful of Tips 79 – Make Time to Think

The Best Handful of Tips 79 –

Make Time to Think

The way you think determines the way you act and  the way you act will decide not only your future but also the future of your work.

            Thinking time is essential for solving problems and hatching new ideas. Good ideas need to be well thought through – they need ‘incubation time’.

            We all have one thing in common – a 24 hour day. It’s how we use that time that makes the difference.

The best five tips on making time to think and plan

  1. Get organised

If you set up good communication systems and learn to delegate certain jobs to others, you will have time to read and think.

            Decide to set aside this precious thinking time and guard it intensely.

  1. Find a quiet place to get away from distractions

Inform others you do not want to be disturbed.

            Avoid interruptions.

3.Turn off your personal communication devices

Make an effort not to become addicted to your cell phone.  

            Transfer calls to others.

            Refrain from reading emails. (Emails should be read and answered at specific times, not when you get bored.)

4. If possible, plan your “thinking time” the previous day

Arrive at work early before the other workers. It is amazing how much you will achieve in your first hour. Do your urgent work first, then slow down and relax.

            Concentrate on problems, the plans and the people.

  1. Make use of your travel time 

Travelling gives you time to think.

            Visiting different environments lets you to see things through new eyes, gives you new ideas and a new perspective. You will find going for long walks in lonely places can be a big help when seeking a place to think.

            Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.

-Geoffrey Moss

“At the beginning there was much to do, but by thinking, planning and whittling away the tasks will become few.”

Source: “Time-Savers”, Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and “Time Management Secrets” Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as an E-book from



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