We all work hard, 24/7 — but that may be affecting our ability to think in fresh directions. That’s why billionaire Bill Gates schedules regular ‘Think Weeks‘, according to the FastCompany Weblog.
“One would assume that Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, got there by working hard 24/7. But it seems he also has the wisdom to take off on ‘Think Weeks’ — a one week ‘thinking’ retreat to a remote cabin by the lake with no means of electronic communication.
All he has with him is food, a pile of books to read and a bed to laze on. Away from it all, this quiet time alone allows new thoughts and perspectives to arise, voices usually lost in the hectic hurly burly of the modern daily routine.
Each ‘Think Week’ might translate into new action directions that help Bill Gates to stay flexible and take the initiative in the future!”
During these retreats, Gates doesn’t allow himself any interruptions — he cuts himself completely off from e-mail and phone calls, and concentrates on reading up on trends that are “just beyond the horizon.”
Even if we can’t spare a full week, as “The Bill” can, I think we could all benefit from some “Think Days” away from work, where we explore new horizons and ideas. Why not give it a try?