When Lance heard someone say recently, “I just don’t have enough time to think,” it got him thinking.
The irony, of course, is that if you say this to either yourself or someone else, then you have actually taken the time to think it in the first place. So, thinking that you don’t have time to think, is a bit like buying powdered water. Bet that’s got you thinking! The thing is, sometimes when we’re really busy the bit that gets ‘squeezed out’ is ‘thinking time’. When this happens though, things just seem to take longer. The reason they seem to take longer is because they actually do take longer. Having ‘thinking time’ allows us to work out the best way to do something.
‘Thinking’ allows us to weigh up different approaches, look at our options, or even consider something that we’ve never done before. What’s more, if you feel you don’t have time to think, you may be tempted to rush the task. This in itself can often make the task actually take longer as you may need to rectify errors. (More haste, less speed).
Well, as Monday 22 February is ‘World Thinking Day’, what are your thoughts on thinking? For some, ‘thinking’ is over-rated; for others, it’s essential. I’ll leave the last word to Leonardo da Vinci; “He who thinks little, errs much.”