One of the best changes I’ve ever made to my lifestyle was to have dedicated thinking time.
A lot of people today are in a habit of busyness with fully occupied schedules. Every minute of every day just has to be filled with work, house chores, or some form of entertainment like Netflix or a night out on the town.
That’s not a good thing.
Having your entire schedule filled to the brim leaves you no space, no room to take the time to think if what you’re doing is actually right. It’s just as important to take the time to figure out if the direction you’re moving in is the right one as it is to actually move.
“People spend too much time doing and not enough time thinking about what they should be doing.”
— Naval Ravikant
I actually schedule time to think. It sounds weird, I know, but I protect my thinking time as if my life depends on it because honestly, I feel like it does.
Think about this.
Let’s say right now, you’re working your regular job, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. It’s not bad, you earn a decent salary, but you’ve always had the feeling that you could do better.
The problem is that if you keep on staying busy and filling up your schedule, you’ll never be able to find out if there is something else better for you. You’re so busy doing things that there’s no time to even look, no time to experiment or discover. If you had some free-thinking time, you’d be able to do some self-reflection and ask yourself what you truly want to do.
This application of dedicated thinking time can be applied to every aspect of your life.
By giving yourself that extra time, you’re able to figure out exactly where your energy is best applied. This could be in fitness, finances, health, career, relationships, or really anything else.
If you put in the work but go in the wrong direction, then it won’t matter. You’ll never be managing your money in the right way or doing the most effective workouts or creating a fulfilling career.
But when you do know which direction to go in, then all of your energy is perfectly applied. Every action you take is meaningful and helps you make progress in a positive way.
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
It’s super simple.
Every week, take 30 minutes or even better 1 full hour to take the time to think.
What direction do you want to take your career? How should you manage your finances? In what ways can you improve your personal relationships?
Having this regular time for thinking will ensure that you’re always moving in the right direction for the major areas in your life.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you always have to follow a strict schedule. If something random comes up that you feel is very important, you can set aside specific thinking time for that too.
You will make fewer mistakes and build a more fulfilling life. It’s a small, upfront investment of your time to build an amazing future.
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
The Almanack of Naval by Eric Jorgenson