Summer is finally here! And this year, more than ever, I’m looking forward to a few short “stay-cations” to help me regroup at home and at the office. In today’s fast-paced world it’s hard to carve out think time. But for those of us who lead others or manage projects, it’s essential to afford ourselves the time to dream, think and plan for the days, weeks and months ahead.
Many of us are working diligently on improving the patient experience, so it’s important to take the time to dream and reflect as part of the planning process. Regardless of whether you operate a business like I do, or run a hospital or a department, the need for planning is just as great. It won’t just happen either. Planning and dreaming time have to be scheduled and protected. And it doesn’t require a cross country pilgrimage to a monastery to find your thinking spot. Winnie the Pooh had his designated thoughtful spot. His was a simple log under a tree with a sign that read, “Pooh’s thotful spot.” This is where he came to do his important thinking. It’s where he went to find inspiration when his creative well had run dry.
Pooh had his spot and I have mine. Because I travel a lot, I relish my screened porch as my thoughtful spot. It’s where I go to think, write and reflect. I find that if I can carve out time in my thoughtful spot, I can return to the grind with greater clarity, focus and creativity. I become a better version of myself in the process. Take a lesson from your old friend Winnie the Pooh and find your own thoughtful spot. You’ll be better for it.