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If only I’d had more time

I was having dinner with some colleagues last night, and toward the end, one of them said to me, “I’ve noticed a theme when you describe your life. You seem to make time to think.”

“That true, but it wasn’t always so,” I replied.

“Most of my working life I only made time to do, not think. But that left me with a vague, uneasy feeling that most things could have been done better if only I’d had more time. Instead of being excellent, I was simply getting by in many areas of life. I don’t want that anymore.”

While I’m far from perfect, I’ve found two changes helped me get my thinking time back.

First, I get up earlier each day.

Once my family is awake, my time isn’t my own. So, I get up at 4:55 am each morning to read, write, drink coffee, and think. This lasts 60-90m.

Second, I write regularly.

I started this email list because I heard it was a good marketing strategy.

I continued it because it forces me to sit down and think each day deeply.

Through writing to you, I have come to know what I believe, and see new perspectives on the world.

That’s not the way I thought it would work. I thought I’d write about what I knew. Instead, I found what I knew by writing.

You might say that I “think through writing” because the process of writing is my thinking process.

I didn’t expect that benefit, but it’s the reason I will continue writing.

As a leader, you need thinking time – and you have to find what works for you to get it.

I don’t know if these ideas are helpful for you, but I can say that I am happier with my life since I set aside time to think. And, I think I do better work and am more satisfied with the outcomes.

Is this something you struggle with too?


About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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