We all lead such busy lives and, if you’re anything like me, you probably get bogged down in ‘doing’ every day.  I’m either trying to clear my project board, rushing off to a meeting or preparing information for a client discussion.  Everything is busy, busy, busy.  When do I get time to stop and think?

I read a really good blog about thinking by Dinah Liversidge a little while back and promised myself that I would re-establish my old habit of taking a half day off regularly to plan and think about what I was doing and where I was going.  I still hadn’t got around to it when my body allowed a cold to sneak past my considerable fortifications.

This was a blow to my pride; I don’t do sick in any way – but this time I had no choice, I felt so bad I was in no state to work.  I sat on the sofa for a few days consuming vast quantities of lemon and honey and reading books.  From time to time I abandoned reading and just let my mind wander and lots of random thoughts appeared; some of them were good ideas and got scribbled down, some were just thoughts that were trying to get out!

Surprisingly, when I felt ready to go back to work, my mind was clearer, I was more focused and I got things done much quicker.  It was as though I’d had a mental ‘clear out’.

So, when was the last time you gave your brain a spring clean?  You might be surprised at how much ‘stuff’ is wandering around in your mind and needs to filed away or thrown out instead of just lying around cluttering things up.

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