It is Sunday evening and time to write my daily post. I and my family had a marathon session of Downton Abbey Season #3 – all 8 episodes in one day. We started in the morning and ended at almost 8PM! We are super fans of Downton Abbey and love it to bits. I will be writing a post on that series one of these days.
However, as I prepared to write the daily post I realized that because of the marathon session of Downton Abbey, I had not had any ideas or thoughts today. Usually, most Sundays I get a chance to think about business and most times come with some ideas or solutions to business problems that I can then implement during the week. I find I get the best ideas during the week ends. But this weekend, because we were glued to the TV, I had no productive thoughts at all.
I then realized that during the work week, I usually spend my time doing things, completing tasks, communicating, being creative and general project management and no time at all to thinking about the business. It is the constant noise of mostly trivial and mundane things that devour my attention during the work day. On top of that the constant chatter of mostly useless messages on the various social media channels that I follow and participate.
The result is a gradual erosion of strategic thinking. Gadgets, the Internet and TV consume every waking minute of my life and there is no time left for my brain to properly engage in self thought and inner silence. In the past, entrepreneurs did not have this much noise to deal with and had plenty of time to contemplate and think about business. Perhaps that is why entrepreneurs of the previous era had breakthroughs in solving business problems.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that entrepreneurs of this day are not doing well or that they are not achieving the level of strategic thinking as their predecessors. But the ratio of entrepreneurs with such strategic thinking is lower than before.
So for my next 30 day challenge, I will trying to minimize this noise. I will try to cut down on the number of social media channels that I participate in. I will cut down on the number of TV programs that I follow and the number of films that watch. I will try and find a way to minimize the number of emails that I respond to. I will unsubscribe to most of the emails that come into my inbox because I had signed up to newsletters to down load a white paper etc.
Hopefully this will give me enough time to start thinking rather than ploughing through my days with mindless tasks and activities. I would like to stop believing that “activity” is the same as “productivity” as mentioned in the article “Who moved my cheese“, by Spencer Johnson.