Do you make space in your life for thinking time?
I never used to do it as a regular thing but I’ve discovered recently that when I go for a walk on my own I start thinking.
So I’ve started making an effort to walk every day. I’m pretty high with the risk factors for heart disease with my desk job. And I just don’t have (or make) the time to exercise. Too many competing priorities and not enough time. But the stress is getting to me and I keep getting headaches, hence the decision to start walking. Anything to stop my head hurting!
So I‘m making an effort to get to bed early, then wake up early enough to go for a walk. I take the dog and after the first 5 minutes of pulling on the lead he settles down and we have a nice time.
And my mind starts to wander and I think.
It doesn’t happen if I walk with someone else. And I’ve walked on and off for years with other people. Always with someone. A training partner when I was young and fit (pre kids), my husband or a girlfriend later on. Sometimes my kids. Occasionally I’d get up early and go on my own and now I look back I remember that I’d get thinking on those occasions too. Then I’d kinda sorta resent hubby for coming along the next day, but we’d have these really amazing conversations so I forgave him pretty quickly because it was ‘us’ time which is important too.
But what about me? My time? My thinking time? Well now I’m getting back into walking again I’m going on my own and it’s purely because hubs starts work early and the kids are old enough that they are still in bed or just don’t get that excited about walking with mum. If I was running that would be a different story but I’m not quite up to that yet! Oh, I’ve run on and off over the years too but was never quite fit enough to hit that ‘thinking zone’. Guess I pushed myself too hard. Or maybe I was trying to be a runner when I was really a walker. Oh well. Live and learn.
So my morning walks aren’t really about the exercise. That’s a bonus. It’s more about getting up and moving, keeping those headaches at bay, and getting some thinking time. Letting the ideas load. And I think I’m getting addicted 🙂
What about you?
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