At what cost do you spend your thinking time doing — literally, just doing something, anything?
A couple of years ago, I realized that I was spending every waking hour at my desk answering emails, creating flyers, responding to someone else’s issues or concerns, and not getting any of the deep thinking that I needed to be doing.
What is “deep thinking”? For me, it is stepping back and looking at a project or program at a distance. Putting some distance between all of the pieces that I am involved with and the mission or goals of the project to examine whether or not they are going in the same direction.
It’s asking the mission question — is what I/we are doing fulfilling our mission or just filling time?
It’s wondering about how this program or project fits in with the larger strategic vision of my organization (or your parish or school or diocese). If it is, how? How are we falling short?
Is the amount of time I spend on this project commensurate with the potential good that comes out of it? If not, why and what should change?
Mondays and Fridays are my big picture think days, especially in the morning, now.
What chunk of time can you regularly carve out to do the deep thinking that your ministry really needs to thrive and sustain itself?