Rolling On – A Handful of Tips 13 – INCUBATION TIMES
Make time to think things over and plan your daily activities and your career steps. Good ideas need to be well thought through – they need ‘incubation time’.
We all have a 24 hour day. It’s how we use that time that makes the difference. Ration your time – it’s a diminishing resource. Always plan for thinking time. Thinking time is essential for solving problems and hatching new ideas.
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 career.
The best five tips on ways to think, plan and incubate your good ideas
* Get organised
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain about not having enough time.
If you set up good communication systems and learn to delegate jobs to others, you will have time to read and to think.
Set aside this precious time and guard it intensely.
* Find a quiet hidey-hole
Avoid interruptions. Inform assistants, colleagues and family members you don’t want to be disturbed.
Find a quiet hidey-hole to get away from distractions and do your important tasks like thinking and planning.
* Turn off your cell phone
Don’t become a slave to your cell phone. Turn it off from time to time. People can always reach you by e-mail.
Refrain from constantly reading your e-mails. (e-mails should be read and answered at specific times, not when you get bored and not all the time.)
* Plan your “thinking time”
Some people prefer to wake up early and lie in bed and make plans for the day. Others arrive at work early. It’s amazing how much you will achieve in your first hour if you have it to yourself. Others disappear for half a day and sit and contemplate, thinking of alternatives and consequences.
* Use your travel time
Travelling gives you time to think.
Get away from your work place. Visit different environments. Attend training courses. This lets you to see things through new eyes, gives you new ideas and a new perspective.
Go for long walks somewhere quiet to think about your life, family and your work.
Today start to devote your time to your critical issues. Concentrate on important matters.
The full use of today is the best preparation for tomorrow. From today, start setting aside time for incubating your ideas and start making plans.
“Your time may be limited but your imagination is not.”
Source: “Time-Savers”, Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand and “Time Management Secrets” Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore and McGraw-Hill Australia. Also available as an e-book from Amazon.com.