I find myself living in yesterday’s thought sometimes. With 2800 tweets to read, 145 unanswered emails, 2 blog posts to write, 4 powerpoint decks to craft, a dog that needs to go outside, a car that needs an oil change, an economy that is flatly in the crapper, I think about all that I have to think about rather than the time to genuinely think.
Great writers and comedians explore the nuance of mundane life. Seth Godin can observe a Cranium game placed in Starbucks and Seinfeld can exaggerate the pain of saving seats for others in movie theaters. They came to these observations not while looking at iPhones or making voice notes about the other, they observed the skillfulness by observing, pausing and thinking.
This word is squarely my admonition to myself. If I could spend more time with my fingers still and tongue silenced, the quality of my work would increase dramatically. I, of course, love to do, so thinking is a nice luxury. But, more time thinking makes the doing so much more productive. Some people, on the other hand, could write a post about more doing and less thinking, but I will let them think whether or not to do that.