Back in the nineties I went back to university to study for a higher degree.
One of the lecturers there, Geoff Thwaites, an affable chap who was also highly intelligent, intrigued me because his lecturers never started until after the 11 a.m. at the earliest. Now it has to be said that most of the lecturers in that particular school were not known as early starters, however most of them were up and running and ready to rock 'n' roll from about 10 a.m. onwards. But Geoff somehow needed that extra hour.
Then one afternoon..
One afternoon in one of Geoff's lectures there was a natural break of about 15 minutes. Most of the students went off to down a quick cup of tea, I chose to remain behind to clarify a minor point. The issue was soon sorted. Just at that moment, Geoff and I were alone in the lecture theatre and I took the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about why Geoff never started lectures until very late morning.
Geoff told me that he'd discovered in his life that whilst most employers wanted people to work a standard nine to five eight-hour day, he'd discovered that his most creative and productive thinking time occurred late at night. He argued with the university that for them to capitalise on his best thinking time they needed to allow him thinking time late at night - and rest in the morning.
Geoff had got into the habit of spending some thinking time by himself late at night so that he could develop and explore new ideas. He then spent a further hour recording his ideas.
He told me that it seemed pointless to him for a person to discover the most creative time for their activities and then not to use that time to the fullest extent.
He went on to explain that many of the ideas conceived and developed in his thinking time had been highly productive and had been taken up by other members of the school. He also explained that recording ideas was just as important as conceiving and developing them, and that at home he had a hard drive full of short notes and digital recordings. He doubted that they would all be used, but he did say that it was a gold mine of information for those interested in his specialities.
Geoff said that he frequently shared recorded musings with other people within the school so that full advantage was taken. He did not feel precious that these were his original thoughts, and it was more important to him to use these success thinking times as a prompt to help other people.
In a similar way, I've discovered that I frequently have some of my best ideas late at night also. For a long time, I developed the ideas as far as possible in my mind, but didn't fully record them.
I want to start correcting that, although it'll take time to transfer all the success thinking over for the site, so please, be patient?
The following Success Thinking articles are ones that have been written with a serious point to make, but that don't necessarily fall into one of the existing navbar options. They are ideas that I or others may develop further, or maybe at a later stage they will find a more permanent home somewhere on this website. If in the meantime you find them helpful I shall be happy.
However I would point out that these pieces are all copyrighted materials! Precious? Nah! But I don't like plagiarists either!
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