As you know, I’ve been slowly reading through Deep Work by Cal Newport. It’s funny how many things pop out at you when you are thinking about a particular subject or person or place. Over the last few weeks, I’ve read or heard several things to help with learning to think and focus more deeply.
My friend, Kelly, wrote a great post on mindfulness and meditation while walking here.
This past week, a local author spoke to the writers groups, which I facilitate. He mentioned how Henry David Thoreau walked in order to write. Emerson wrote, “The length of [Thoreau’s] walk uniformly made the length of his writing. If shut up in the house, he did not write at all.” In fact, walking was so important to Thoreau that he wrote an entire essay on it: Walking
Another article I read talked about taking two hours a week to think without anything other than a pen and paper. Now that would be helpful if I could be disciplined enough to get away from phones and tablets and computers long enough!
So, I’m spending a lot of time thinking about how to carve out deep thinking time, but I have yet to work it into a regular routine. My goal is to create a schedule that allows for deeper thinking and writing over the next few months. Now that the weather is cooler, walking is more likely to occur and slowly I am developing an early morning routine without distractions in order to think and write. Progress is being made albeit at a snail’s pace.