Tony Schwartz describes how a completely offline, two week vacation enabled him to think about longer term, strategic issues, in a way that his hectic daily schedule doesn’t allow for. (Thanks to Rachael Granby for forwarding this.) He concludes:
It’s not possible to race between meetings and e-mail all day long, and simultaneously reflect on what all this frenzied activity is accomplishing. We can’t think outside the box when we’re simply running around inside it. It doesn’t make sense to do more and more, faster and faster, if we’re not stopping intermittently to ask why we’re doing what we’re doing.
I’ve already introduced two experiments in my company this week.
The first is to offer all of our employees the opportunity to take time away from the office, simply for reflection. All I ask is that they come back afterward and share with their colleagues, in some form, whatever insights they’ve had.
The second is to introduce two 15-minute periods a day during which people are invited to come into our conference room and sit quietly, in meditation, or simply reflecting — one at the start of the day, the second at midafternoon.
Do you think this will work?