Slow Thinking Time: Why Walks Should be Part of Your Work Day

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Slow thinking time is crucial for employers and employees in dynamic roles where you have a significant degree (or expectation) of autonomy.

I’d been stressed for weeks about all the ideas I had bouncing around in my head but hadn’t recorded anywhere.

I couldn’t put them in Wrike because they’d get buried and never be seen again.

I couldn’t put them in Slack messages to myself because there’s already a ton of crap in there I need to sort through.

So I went for a walk.

I started recording my ideas in a Slack message to myself, knowing it wouldn’t stay there after I’d returned to my computer.

Fresh air, life, movement, activity.

It’s good for the brain.

It’s amazing how quickly the ideas rolling around came, when I knew they wouldn’t have at my desk.

16 things that had surfaced in my mind over the past few weeks came up—and I finally captured them.

Even better—8 new ideas were hatched and also captured—those are now in a spreadsheet to be actioned or further discussed with the team.

Better still, I’ve identified 8 things I hate doing and plan to delegate.

None of that would have happened if I hadn’t taken some slow thinking time to mull it all over.

Today I’ve learned something vital about the way my mind and body work.

Something that will be crucial to my own development and effectiveness.

I learned that I need to get outside, start moving, and think—that’s where it all starts.

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