If you will achieve significant things this year, it will depend on your use of time. And not just judicious scheduling of your activities but the scheduling of one activity—your Quiet Time.
Your Quiet Time is your opportunity to be still; to stop the world and all its noise in its tracks, and just ponder your life and its course. It is the time you make for lateral thinking—to enable you turnover problems using a new light from your imagination.
Science icon, Albert Einstein once said, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.’
Your Quiet time is your opportunity to put your creative ability to work; to tinker with problems in your mind and come up with a solution. Carmaker, Henry Ford would sit quietly in a rocking chair to get great ideas while Philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson did it by walking in the forest.
If you are a person of faith, I’ll say you calm your mind after your daily prayer or meditation exercise and just listen with your heart. Thoughts will come up through the deep recesses of your soul into your consciousness. So be sure to have a notepad and a pen to jot them down. This year, this is how to live outside of your pay check.
See, your Quiet time is not a time to worry about anything! Shut your mind from any active thinking and let it be passive. Researchers found that when people take the time to quiet down the left brain—to forget about to-do-lists and disconnect from all pressing concerns—solutions often percolate up from the subconscious. In a sense, after a period of not thinking about the problem, the answer simply surfaces. In a particular experiment, the more the study participants let go, the more activation was seen in the part of the brain associated with enhanced vigilance and awareness–exactly what you need to come up with new ideas or a way out of a difficult situation.
Stilling the mind takes about 20 minutes, and contrary to common belief, we are not slowing our thoughts down but speeding them up. Once we stop distracting the brain with menial everyday worries and tasks, we release it to work at its maximum speed long enough for the brilliant ideas that are constantly available to us to come into our awareness.
The best time to have your Quiet Time is in the morning when your brain is still very fresh to the day. Sit up, breathe and close your eyes. Businesses, solutions, innovations and better insights will be born during this time in the cause of the year. So let nothing stop you!