My Time For Thought And Reflection
I’m an executive at a human resources consulting firm and, just as the author of Overload! writes, there is very little time for thought and reflection left in the day (I think he references a 5% figure). Sometimes I wonder if I even have the 5% I should add.
I found that my only time for thought and reflection – a time where I could think about projects and write down my thoughts – was on Sundays. About a year ago, I started to not only write down my thoughts but send out e-mails on various topics to my colleagues and the consultants who report to me. Little did I know that they would feel an obligation to work on Sundays also and address my notes. A few colleagues mentioned this “problem” to me.
What I ended up doing was continuing my pattern of Sunday thinking and reflecting – but I made it clear to everyone why I was doing this on Sunday and that they were not expected to be working at the same time I was nor should they feel pressure to respond immediately to my missives.