Time To Think – Are You Able To Take A Little TTT?

It was so refreshing this past Sunday to read an article in the Tampa Bay Times titled Quietude – Solitude, Silence, Time To Think.

The article was about slowing down and unplugging from technology; silencing the internal chatter to gain some freedom from all the blinking equipment around us.

Most people don’t have a clue how to shut off their internal chatter because they’re so plugged into all the latest and greatest technology.  This technology is whipping us around faster than the spin of a roulette wheel.

Remember the antacid commercial on television where a person gets weiner-whipped by a corn dog?  The commercial might be about acid reflux, but I see it as life coming at us so fast, we don’t even feel the slap anymore.  We just keep on keeping on.

The Tampa Bay Times article praised Intel for offering four uninterrupted hours of quiet time, once a week, sitting at one’s desk, using no phone or sending no emails.  Bravo to Intel for this fabulous gift to their employees.  I’m certain that they benefited from this little experiment to clear the webs that block us all from creativity and inspiration.

In my corporate life, there was an activity we did called Time To Think (TTT).  We often used TTT as an opportunity to do a little brainstorming to solve a problem or to become more creative and innovative.

TTT was filled with team members marking ideas on a flip-chart or taking a gallery walk to review a process map on the wall, not actually solitude with real-time to think.  You might call it group-think, only out loud and never silent.  I can’t even imagine how much farther ahead this corporation would be today if only they would’ve complemented TTT with meditation.

My TTT today consists of a lot of meditation, with little to no television, radio or iPod playing in the background – all day long.  I really give myself time to think and clear my head, a trait not many of us can do today with all the distractions in our lives.

Try the new-agey thing, meditate.  I hope you can stop and take a little time to think about how you can practice time to think.

As always, I send you my blessings and wishes for a prosperous and abundant day!

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