When did you last dedicated time for conscious proactive thinking?
Thinking (more of mind wondering aimlessly) while you are waiting for something (your flight is delayed, etc) is different.
Planning in reaction to something (launched product turned out a dud; missed promotion) is different.
When you think in reaction to something, there is a worry part attached to it and that inhibits your free thinking. You will not be able to enter into great thoughts territory with worry as your baggage.
‘Great thoughts time’ means you dedicate certain time, may be 1 hour every week, to consciously think Great thoughts. Think which way your industry, in which you are working, is heading? Think what product can you launch that will solve a problem. Think what can be the next app that will make something easier. Think how you can make your current startup into a great company. What’s good, what’s bad and what can be made better. Think how, why, when and what of things.
Great Thoughts Time will take your thinking level to new horizon. It will help you focus on great, bigger problems. It will help you to figure out where the world is heading so that you can go there and solve better problems.
‘Good/better’ can be achieved by planning or run-time thinking but ‘great’ will incubate only in Great thoughts time.
Find your Great Thoughts time. And Think. Solve bigger problems.
Richard Hamming talked about great thought time in one of his talks. I would highly recommend this essay.