Do you ever feel like you never seem to have time for yourself, time that you would like to use to think about big picture stuff?
Well in his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink shares a technique he learned from George Schultz, former Secretary of the State, that may offer some help.
While Schultz was Secretary of the State, once a week he would shut the door to his office, put away all distractions, and let people know that the only people who could interrupt the next hour were his wife and the President.
Armed with only a pen and a piece of paper, Schultz would use the time to “think big, to wonder, to let his mind wander, to daydream, to set his sights a little bit forward in a way that he couldn’t” in the course of a normal day’s worth of responsibilities.
This sounds quite appealing to me, and I think I will give it a shot for a couple of weeks to see what it is like. I think my favorite part will simply be putting away all distractions – my laptop, my phone, the TV, etc., and just using that time to daydream.
I think my favorite part of the Pinkcast though was this quote from Amos Tversky, one of the world’s leading experts in judgement and human decision making:
“You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
I’m looking forward to wasting an hour or two, I just hope Biden gets the message not to disturb me…
Here’s the Pinkcast if you are interested:
P.S. I have to admit, one of the first thoughts I had when I heard the phrase “Schultz Hour” was of watching a couple of episodes of Hogan’s Heroes..