Most of my client’s businesses are doing pretty well, especially in the light of the prevailing economic conditions. One of the reasons for this, in my view at least, is that they periodically step away from their daily rituals and spend time thinking about the business from a different perspective.
They are all very capable individuals – after all, most of them have built successful businesses, employ lots of people, have overcome a range of adversities and are still able to thrive in an ever-changing world. So, when they do stop to think, it’s amazing what ideas bubble up to the surface. Put another way, the noise of everyday life tends to suppress the wisdom of this intuitive thought, unless there is a mechanism for forcing short pauses in activity.
Ideally, they set aside one day each week to work on the pro-active things that are driving themselves and their businesses forward. Often, that time is spent alone, temporarily shutting out the noise associated with their normal workplace and allowing the intuitive voice to be heard.
We spend small amounts of that time together. Bouncing ideas, challenging the status quo and thinking deeply about the future rather than the past. Often, these moments throw out just 2 or 3 key things that require some sort of intervention, simply to reinstate a sense of equilibrium.
Even if you can only spare one hour each week out of the 168 that you have been granted, it will become the most valuable time in your calendar. Planning, re-organising, scheduling and, most importantly, simply thinking.