27 Feb Finding Time to Think
I’ve tried blocking my calendar, going for walks during lunch and other methods to allow myself time to think. But I find it’s not something I do well with when it’s planned out. That became abundantly clear this past weekend as I went on my annual snowmobiling trip with a good friend of mine.
Picture this, hundreds of miles of snow covered trails winding through the Adirondack Mountains. Just me and my snowmobile, as we dash through pine forests, over marvelous wooden bridges, and across frozen lake after lake. By the end of the weekend, I had spent 15 plus hours on the snowmobile, that’s a lot of time to think.
This was my fourth year going on this trip, so I knew what to expect in terms of time alone with my thoughts! My friend and I would actually joke during stops as we tell each other what we’ve been thinking about on the most recent stretch of trails.
So going into the trip, I had 3 big topics of things – a combination of personal and professional – I wanted to think about. I mean really think about. It’s very hard to describe that level of concentration and freedom of the mind, in that moment when I block everything else out. Part of it is even the satisfaction of being able to dedicate the time and attention needed to really think through difficult or complex situations.
I’ll admit, at times the scenery would be too distracting and I’d get lost in my thoughts. But that’s the nice part of giving yourself the time and space to think through important decisions or a new business strategy.
By the end of the weekend, I felt great physically and mentally. Tons of fresh air blasting me in the face for hours on end, plus the opportunity to give my mind a little exercise too. While I didn’t necessarily ‘solve’ everything I had hoped to, I came back energized, focused and a little sore from the ride!
The last thing I thought about on my trip was writing this blog, so here you go!