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Where do you do your best thinking?

One of the things I often challenge my clients to do is to give themselves more thinking time, which sometime prompts the question of ‘where?’

There are the usual suspects:

  • in a quiet room
  • on my own
  • in the shower
  • on a walk/run
  • in the car

 

The glamorous:

  • On holiday
  • On the beach
  • In a cafe
  • At the art gallery

 

And the bizarre:

  • Sitting on the toilet
  • Standing up anywhere
  • While doing housework (really?! I’m not convinced…)

 

Where do you do your best thinking?

I don’t know about you, but my best thinking rarely happens at my desk and certainly not in front of a screen, but it’s easy to find myself there – my default place of work.

Get up, move around

The next time you need to do some creative, strategic or problem solving thinking, get up and move. Take yourself to a different location, or walk around to get your creative juices flowing.

Invite someone to join you

Sometimes I do my best thinking when I’m in conversation with others. Sometimes we need others to be part of that thinking. How about scheduling your next meeting on the move – like a walking meeting for example?

Two friends of mine found themselves completely uninspired with their business plan, so they left the office and went for a long woodland walk instead. As they walked, they talked, and by the end they had a brilliant business plan.

Go on, treat yourself

Got some thinking to do that you’re actively avoiding? A problem you’re dreading working on? Don’t make it a punishment by chaining yourself to the desk. Go somewhere you would normally go to procrastinate, and take your thinking with you. Or bring the treat to you – grab a drink, put on some music, have a slice of something indulgent to go with your thinking.

Over to you

What thinking do you need to do this week? Where will you take yourself? Drop me a line in the comments below and share your favourite thinking place.

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