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Finding time to think and plan your life

Finding time to think and plan your life

Thinking-time facilitates thoughtful big-picture solutions. It's also calming and gives us additional control over our life.

  • While walking the dog, on a hike, or while commuting.
  • Waiting for the elevator, at a doctor’s office, in the supermarket line.
  • When bored instead of eating or turning on the TV.
  • Just before going to bed or when you first wake.
  • When you get home from work or on a weekend morning.

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Tools to make thinking-time a habit
  • Make it easy. You can decide to not make it daily, but as an alternative to vegging on the couch in front of the TV or with your phone.
  • Remind yourself of the benefits to justify why you deserve thinking-time. Benefits - better address problems & have a long-term approach to life's big issues.
  • Create a motivational mantra that you’d say each time you drink something,
  • Tie the new habit to something you never skip. Like, just before dinner or bedtime.
  • Create accountability. For example, use a tracker.

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- Marty Nemko, PhD

"Few gifts are as beneficial, pleasurable, and no-cost as thinking-time. 

You might want to give yourself that gift."

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