Getting time and space to think can be a challenge. When we DO make it happen however, it is refreshing and cleansing. Having the strength to protect ourselves from distractions, we focus on the core issue. We get clear on what we want, as well as how to make it happen. As a Coach, this is my key focus – creating the environment for people to get clarity and take action towards either exploring what they want and/or how to get it.
Mostly, I work with people using video conference. This means you save time on travel and have the comfort of your own space. Immediately after the session, you can build time ready for reflection, and even better, fully energised, the opportunity to take action on your plan is there too.
My favourite place when I get the chance however, is the great outdoors. When invited to share in its nature, I get out there! It brings new perspectives, we can use component parts as metaphors, changing our view, considering what it all means…and of course benefit from the invigorating environment that is free for us to enjoy. Check out the video for how I make the most of my local surroundings to create clear thinking opportunities!
So, how can you do your best thinking?
Review the time of day that works best for you
Establish the amount of time you need (long enough to gain freedom of thought, not so long to lose focus)
If you are time poor, work out what bursts of time you could make available during your day
If indoors, create a clear area, where you feel relaxed and free from distractions (that includes leaving your mobile somewhere else!)
Consider what unusual places are available to you locally, or even further afield, to offering differing environments?
Write down some questions to ask yourself about the topic, save them for your “thinking time”
Sheela Hobden is a Coach at bluegreen Coaching. Following her own mental health battles, she now coaches individuals, runs training sessions and speaks at conferences. She helps others get productive, search for their “it” or get their mojo back to find more in life and work. She has a PGCERT in Business and Personal Coaching, holds ACC member status with the ICF and is CIPD qualified.