For clearer thinking, hunt down a quiet spot.

You know that thing where you’re supposed to pat your head while simultaneously rubbing your stomach?

I’m not good at it.

That’s possibly because I’m a ‘one thing at a time’ kind of guy or – as I’m sure the majority of women might say – a man.

Some of us are able to multi-task, while others operate best when they’re fully focused on a single objective.

But my point today is that when you need to do some proper thinking, it’s hard to concentrate with too many distractions around you.


On the train the other day, thanks to two phone conversations going on next to me, I found myself reading the same sentence over and over again, so in the end I got up and found a quieter place to sit.

Sometimes we all need a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet time.

When you’ve tracked down a space like this, it’s surprising how much it will add to your clarity of thought.

Often you’ll have to actively seek it out, but it’s worth the effort, even if it’s not always easy to find.

5 thoughts on “For clearer thinking, hunt down a quiet spot.

  1. I frequently resolve to ring fence some time for my interests in the day, and would the world end if I found 20 minutes here and there without distractions? I’m sure I’d be less grouchy and enjoy life more.
    Time to find out…! Thanks, Jon.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree Jon! That’s why I always prefer to sit in the quiet coach on the train. I don’t know why, buy I always do some of my best reflecting there. Perhaps it’s the beautiful countryside whizzing past the window or just taking the time to just be. In any event, for me personally, taking time out to be on my own with my thoughts and feelings is one of the most important aspects of self care. I’ve been guilty in the past of neglecting this and have suffered mentally as a consequence. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Couldn’t agree more. I also need time just to be with myself, my own thoughts, just to be me and not have to interact with others, who have their conceptions about who I am. When alone I can just be me.

  4. Yup, same way. I like to say that doing so zens me out- because it does! Really does help though, a few minutes does wonders for calming me down, relaxing my mind and body.

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