No time to think?

This one caught my attention recently. It’s an article about the need to think. Seems simple, but when is the last time you set aside your so-called work and just spent time “thinking.” We all get consumed by quotidian minutiae and pseudo-urgent matters, especially clergy. This is probably why so many of us professional types are near burn-out and why churches, in particular, often seem to lack vision and purpose. As leaders it is VITAL to set aside time — daily, if possible — for thinking.

Anyway, here’s a snippet of the BBC piece. It concerns a strategy for finding time to think during a normal work day.

The most common advice boils down to something that might seem obvious: only work when you’re being paid to work. The rest of the day is yours to do with as you wish – and you may wish to devote it to thought.

Obvious, perhaps, but not obvious enough that we do it: various surveys conducted on behalf of food outlets suggest that between 50 and 80% of us skip an actual break for lunch, let alone using the hour for quiet contemplation.

You might not have heard the unspeakable expression “eating al desko”, but if you’ve been in an office, you’ve probably witnessed the sorry spectacle of a workstation becoming a dining table for seven minutes and a hastily-chomped panino.

“We have to make sure that people in offices go out at lunchtimes,” says David Hunter, chief executive of Lifelong Learning UK. “If you leave your desk to wander up the street, you come back refreshed and more able to work.”

OK, now go think about this. And make time for some thinking tomorrow.

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  1. John-Julian, OJN says:

    You point out one of the reasons why the “Reason” leg of the stool gets so little attention! Not enough thought!

    I’ve recently been researching Sir Thomas Erpingham (head of the archers at Agincourt). People were confused by the motto on his heraldic shield—”YENK”—until it was pointed out that the “Y” was actually the Middle English letter “thorn’ (pronounced “th” as in “Ye Olde…”). His motto in modern English was “THINK”.

    So I posted a note next to my computer screen: “YENK!”.

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