My Thinking Space

December 05, 2016

A spring view near my home

This is my third post for the 6 week Support Driven writing challenge. For this post, the topic is “Describe your ‘Thinking space’ - What do you do, or where do you go, when you need to sort through thoughts.”

My thinking space is found walking. When I have a hard problem that I’m thinking through, it’s done walking. I’ll frequently pair my lunch with a 15 to 30-minute walk to clear my mind.

Most of my thinking will be on how to respond to a tricky support case, a message I want to post to my colleagues, brainstorming ideas, or thinking through a project that I’m working on.

For the deeper thoughts, I write them down days before I’m ready to share anything. That means drafting something up. It’s raw and not intended for anyone else to read, it could be a simple list on paper or a more formal written out draft. The draft allows me to get my thinking out of my mind. During mental downtime or when walking, I can return to those thoughts and not fear about forgetting something.

When I’m ready to work deeply, I’ll employ Pomodoro to focus.

A view of my lunch walk From my lunch walk today. Can you feel the winter chill?

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