When we let our minds wander, we set our brains free.  Our brains are most productive when there is no demand that they be reactive.

When we let our minds wander, we set our brains free.  Our brains are most productive when there is no demand that they be reactive.  – Sherry Turkle

Each morning, with maniacal precision, I make time to exercise.  For me, starting each day on a long run or swim is a required part of my routine.  Over years of serving as an administrator I have learned, the only time I can be free from most distractions is in the very early morning hours.  It’s my time . . . it is when my mind can wander.

When I am with my own thoughts, when there is no demand to be reactive to multiple stimuli, I am able to truly be productive.  When my brain is set free, I dream, solve problems, and create plans.  It’s not the initial thought that is most valuable; it’s the development of the simple into the complex.  It’s the intentional and purposeful processing of ideas.  This can’t happen with intermittent pings or vibrations from my iPhone; this doesn’t happen with alerts and notifications.

Make time for yourself, every day, to let your mind wander.  Some people meditate; others do yoga, and some for long walks.  Be intentional – turn off the notifications and vibrations.  Permit yourself the time to set your brain free.  You will be a greater contributor to the team, to the group, when you are able to have your own thoughts together.

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