Finding space to think.

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.

2 thoughts on “Finding space to think.

  1. Living in London, within a busy family household it is often very difficult to find some peace and solitude, this usually comes only very late at night or very early in the morning for me .
    Whilst listening to a radio Dr. phone in , I heard the Dr. recommend some total noise block earplugs/earphones that she uses when she wants to block out sound when she reads etc, I think I might invest in some

  2. I simply can’t cope when I’m trying to do 3 simultaneous things on the laptop, and my wife is talking to me at the same time! Multitasking is not my forte.

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