This is not what it sounds like.

This is not about playing hard to get.

This is a personal development moment.

This is a respite from your time-starved, digitally-inundated life.

We are all overstimulated by a constant deluge of information coming at us through multiple devices on a daily basis.

No one is going to manage all this for you, so you’re gonna need some skills to protect yourself.

And one of those skills is making yourself unavailable – not necessarily to rest or recharge, although those things are important – unavailable so you can think.

In my day job, I’m constantly reacting to emails – things people need, questions they have.  Before I know it, half my day is shot!

Ring a bell?

What roots us in our lives is taking time to think about our lives.

And prioritizing what’s important.

Bill Gates sets aside one week, twice a year, just to think and read – distraction-free space to do absolutely nothing other than think.

When was the last time you took one hour to just sit and think?

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, schedules two hours of blank space on his calendar each day.  That way he’s in charge of his day instead of being at the mercy of it.

What do I want to accomplish in my work?

What’s the next step I want to take in my career?

What are my goals for the next year?

How can I be better?

These are the things you can think about during your newfound “unavailable” time.

You need space to escape the non-stop world you live in. 

That space can help you discern the “essential few” (the important things) from the “trivial many” (the noise of daily life).

Do this today – set aside 30 minutes to think.

Think about what you want, how you want to spend your time and what you want to create in your life.

And do it again next week.

You can drive your day.

Or it can drive you.

Your choice.

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