In the last few weeks I’ve been reminded of how important it is for me to have regular “think time,” which is exactly what it sounds like – unstructured, unhurried time to just think. I am at my creative best when I have wide margins and the freedom for my brain to “breathe” instead of processing one task after another.
Work trips, somewhat paradoxically, often provide my best opportunity for this. Before and after the mental stimulation of interaction in the classroom or with colleagues, I have multiple hours to myself in a plane or a hotel. I always make sure to have my journal handy, because revelation and inspiration flow mostly freely during these times.
For example, two long days in a classroom plus three nights of hotel solitude a few weeks ago resulted in ten blog posts, eight full journal pages, and four more pages of work ideas recorded before I got home. That was in addition to significant time reflecting on some things God spoke to my heart during my trip.
Do you have enough think time?