What Would 10 Hours Thinking a Week Bring You?

What Would 10 Hours Thinking a Week Bring You?


Warren Buffet is the CEO of the fourth largest company in the USA. According to his own estimates, he has spent 80% of his career reading and thinking. As a result, several high-level CEOs have become against the idea of constant busyness. Why do we need all that “thinking” time? Successful work needs careful planning. We may consider the case of how surgeons work – they aim to get the maximum impact with minimum intervention. The actual physical work is a small part of the process. Here are several tips on how to incorporate that into your routine.

  1. Schedule the Whole Day in Your Calendar. The first step is to schedule your time so that you are in control. Don’t let other people and circumstances distract you and dictate priorities.

  2. Do NOT Go to the Office. Often the best ideas come when you are not in the office. Take a walk, sit on a park bench, move around. It is both relaxing and you leave space for your brain to look at thing at different angle.
  3. Maintain a Journal. The best way to capture ideas and organize them. Let them flow. No need for criticism or evaluation at the beginning. Allow anything to come out freely and undisturbed. If you are a visual person, the ideas could be captured with the aid of picture, diagrams, arrows and keywords.
  4. Reschedule or Shorten Meetings for Later in the Week. Set aside 15 minutes in your thinking time to review your weekly meetings schedule. Assess it and line up with your current priorities. If a meeting isn’t a high priority, reschedule or shorten it.
  5. Prune Your To-Do list. During the week the list of tasks and decision meetings might grow huge and impossible to accomplish. Use your thinking time to prioritize those. Ask yourself “Should we really do that?”. Having a thinking time will help you reflect on the situation and make a better prioritization.
  6. Top Three Outcomes for the Day. Set three goals for your thinking time and write them down. Thus, you will be more focused and you will use your time more efficiently.
  7. Powerful Questions for Deep Thinking. These are cornerstone questions about your priorities and prospects. Here are some examples: 
    • What is most important?
    • Am I doing the right thing with the right people?
    • What I am good at, what I am bad at?
    • How can I reschedule my time to spend more on what I am good at?
  8. Allocate Time for Your Biggest Problems. Every enterprise needs to solve short-term problems. Current problems impact your ability to succeed and develop further. Identify, prioritize and spend time thinking about solutions for such problems.
  9. Allocate Time to Think of New Ideas. Dealing with current matters is a reaction to problems and needs. You also need to proactively think about new ideas and solutions. This is essential for your business to grow. Set aside some time to explore new ways of doing things and new opportunities.

Source: http://www.inc.com/empact/why-successful-people-spend-10-hours-a-week-just-thinking.html