You know that thing where you’re supposed to tap your head while simultaneously rubbing your stomach?
I’m not very good at it.
That’s possibly because I’m a ‘one thing at a time’ kind of guy.
Some of us seem able to multi-task while others operate best when they’re fully focused on a single objective.
But my real point today is that when you need to do some proper thinking, it can be hard to concentrate when there are distractions around you.
On the train up to San Francisco the other day I found myself reading the same sentence over and over thanks to two phone conversations going on next to me.
In the end I got up and found a quieter part of the train.
Sometimes we can all do with a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet time.
If you can find this space, it’s surprising how much it can add to the clarity of your thinking.
Often you’ll need to actively seek it out.
But it’s worth the effort, even if it’s not always easy to do.