A return to quiet time

60 minutes first thing in the morning for peace and quiet? That was the reveal from an Inc. article I read this morning talking about Melinda Gates’ morning routine. She called it her quiet time – time used for meditation, study, exercise, etc. (Love this idea by the way.) 

Tickles an old memory for me. I remember going to a friend’s house shortly after the school bus had dropped us off. His mom answered the door and said that he was enjoying some quiet time for awhile and that he would be out later. 

Why don’t we have quiet time anymore? Private time for us to reflect, to rest, to exercise, to read, to be in control. Instead, we tend to lean the other way. “How can I fit this in?” “How can I do it all?” 

Just as time is irreplaceable, it is also non-negotiable. There is a hard stop to each day. So, instead of acquiescing to the limit we steal a little from our sleep, and we steal a little from our personal time, and we steal a little from our recreation. 

Maybe we ought to rethink it. Why? Well, I am wondering how happy all this super-productivity is making us. I have a hunch about the answer.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on May 17, 2019

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