I need to slow down and be more reflexive. Lately, I’ve been trying to read as many books as possible about different topics but I have to stop and post a book review about each book I read. That would be more productive.
One of the most overlooked aspects of creativity and learning is simply taking the time needed to reflect and think. Professor Manfred Kets De Vries suggests that the fast paced, continuous access, instant response culture we operate in is eroding people’s ability to reflect and create innovative solutions to problems. The pressure to ‘just finish this’ or ‘find out about (and hit Google on your smart phone)’ is usually too great to resist. But working quicker and harder is not necessarily working smarter.
De Vries believes that deliberately slowing down and setting aside regular periods of ‘constructively doing nothing’ may be the best thing you can do to induce a state of mind that nurtures imagination, creativity, and improves your mental well-being, by giving ideas time to mature.
“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius
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