Make time to think

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Leaders and aspiring leaders are busy. There is much to do. When there is “free” time, we feel that we must fill those gaps with something productive. Downtime is a waste of time, or so we think.

Being productive is important. Measurable accomplishment gives a sense of worth. However, growth and improvement require planning and thought. Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Time for deep thought helps us grow; it helps us prepare for the future, and better understand past successes and learning experiences (failures cannot be learning experiences unless we analyse them).

Here are some questions, designed to facilitate thought, to ask yourself:

    • Am I doing the right things?
    • Am I spending my time with the right people?
    • What are the most important things on which I should invest time?
    • What are my strengths?
    • How can I better use my strengths?
    • What are my weaknesses?
    • How can I improve on my weaknesses? (or delegate them to someone else)

These are just a few off the top of my head. If you can think of others, post them in the comments.

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