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You need dedicated time to think.

The actual work you do is only part of the process. What work you do, how you do it, and when you do it, are all determined in your thinking time.

You don’t want to work hard on the wrong things.

Clarity is everything. Thinking time helps you solve problems and clear your mind.

Today, we talk about why you need thinking time, how to find time to think, how to get mental clarity, two kinds of thinking times, and more.

Highlights, Takeaways, & Quick Wins:
  • We talk about two types of thinking time: problem-solving thinking and no-agenda thinking.
  • Regular thinking time helps you respond instead of react.
  • When you take the time to think, you’ll realize most tasks are rarely as urgent as they seem.
  • “Overthinking” is not purposeful thinking.
  • Without deep thinking time, you end up just going through the motions.
  • If you don’t “have time” for thinking time, you’re overbooked. Say no to more things.
  • When you have room for 3–4 more things in your week, stop saying yes. Create margin.
  • Learn to be okay with being still and alone with your thoughts.
  • Writing helps you clear your mind before you enter into thinking time.
  • Have a dedicated space for thinking with no distractions.