For Two Hours a Day, I Think about the Future

I forgot where I got this advice, but I read somewhere about a CEO who would schedule two hours a day to think about his life. He would contemplate about what he has learned so far, what else does he aspire to, where he is going, what else does he want, and what are the steps that he needs to get there.

But I thought, how can I find two hours in my hectic schedule? Here’s the trick.

The horrible Manila traffic was my solution. Since I am an art reporter, I am often on the road going to interviews, press conferences, and looking for stories. I commute from three to eight hours per day, so it was easy for me to find two hours a day to devote to thinking.

If you live in a country that doesn’t have this traffic problem, then you can use up all of your waiting time for your reflection. This is an advice that I got from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Waiting times are moments when you have to line up at a cashier, your time at a bus stop, your boring lingerings at the doctor’s office, etc. Instead of getting frustrated during these daily pauses, Ms. Rubin uses them up to do her meditation, or you can also reflect about the future.

So far, this strategy has worked for me. I have realized a lot of things already, and I’ll post them in my next blog. Stay tuned!

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