From the desk of: Christopher Walker
Subject: Sitting in silence
I get some of my best work done by sitting, staring into space.
No pens, no paper, no laptop.
Most of us NEED to get things done during the day, but many of us struggle to do so.
Hence, why topics like ‘productivity’ are so widely read…
There are two types of people reading this right now:
1. Works from home
2. Works from an office
Both types of people need what I call “mindspace” – or work-oriented silent thought.
Some people meditate to find mindspace. This can be a productive practice, but for the most part, meditation functions as a means to clear your mind – and not necessarily as a productivity tool, crunching over new opportunities and possibilities.
Mindspace is a time for work – and you can do it anywhere.
I will talk more in a minute about “anchoring” physical places for mindspace, but first I want to shine some light on why dedicating part of your day to exploring your own mindspace will be so helpful for your personal life and career.
Slow down to get better results
Mindspace requires patience.
Most people are in too big of a rush to understand the benefits of patience.
It’s a “virtue” for a reason.
If you are patient in your decision-making process, you will make better decisions.
Allowing yourself some time for mindspace “work” will allow you to practice better judgement in the long run. It may seem counter intuitive to slow down – especially if you are on some kind of a deadline – but the time spent in deliberate contemplation will serve you WAY better than rushing through something just to get it done, trust me.
I’ve been through this psychological process many times, and only after a deliberate year of carving out regular mindspace have I been able to recognize when patient contemplation will actually SPEED UP my results.
I’ve gone into many projects, most of them very fun and successful, but all too often I find myself not thinking enough before diving in.
In the end, you end up moving on, and – depending on how you view it – potentially wasting several months pursuing something you should’ve been more deliberate about avoiding.
Be aware, friends.
Think more, then act.
You will make decisions with better outcomes
This comes as a natural extension to the deliberate contemplation we just discussed.
The more you ponder before making a decision, the more angles you can see – good and bad.
Over time (this is an art form) you will develop the capacity to only pursue projects/relationships that give the best possible outcome.
You will stop wasting your time blindly going after something.
But you must begin practicing your mindspace habit today, and pursue it often. You’ll get better and better over time.
How to develop your Mindspace habit quickly
I recommend anchoring your mindspace to a physical location.
For example, I personally have 2:
1. The pool in my apartment complex
2. My “whiteboard” room
First, the pool in my apartment complex, if I go during the middle of the day, is usually empty except for the geriatric crew.
It gives me an opportunity to hit a few laps, sit in the hot tub, and catch some sun.
A very healthy mindspace session a couple times per week.
The relative peace of the surroundings and the amazing feeling your body gets when in the sun both serve for some very high quality thought time.
Over the past year, I’ve made some very important and well-thought-out decisions because of my pool time.
Second, I recently made the guest bedroom in my apartment into a “whiteboard” room.
I went to Home Depot, bought some whiteboard wall paint, and painted the room.
I put a couch and coffee table in there, along with a stack of my favorite books, and now I have a place in my apartment that serves for a mental “work” space, where I can just sit and think, then when I have an idea or need to write something out, I can write on the wall.
Easy and effective.
What do you think?
Do you ever carve out time for your mindspace “work”?
If not, why?
If so, where do you usually do it?