Thinking is considered a waste of time today.
Imagine, if you found someone sitting alone in a conference room or someplace with no laptop, no devices, with just a pad/pen thinking? What will be your reaction?
It will be like – “This guy is a nut case, what is he doing?“
But he is thinking, reflecting and getting things in perspective or solving a problem.
Thinking, reflecting, and getting deeper into our own consciousness have given human beings all the ideas, inventions, & discoveries around the world. In fact, Einstein used to call it “Thought Experiments” and that’s what gave him his best inventions.
How can someone solve any problem without thinking? “Thinking is the most productive work and that’s what differentiates us from animals”.
But still, we spend much less time “Thinking” nowadays. Here is why we stopped giving importance to “Thinking”:
Its derogatory to make time for thinking
Similar to the above scenario (Sitting alone in a conf room), there are numerous examples, where making time to think is disapproved. What are you thinking? Why are you thinking? These questions are asked more as criticizing the person as if thinking is a crime.
The person who wants alone time to think is considered anti-social.
Instead of thinking you should be working or discussing with colleagues etc. Should be doing something productive, why are you wasting time on thinking :). To hell with that – “Thinking” is the most productive work one can do.
Too many distractions
When was the last time you sat down for 20 minutes without doing anything, without mobile/laptop, without TV, without any distractions?
Before the mobile or internet era, at least while traveling, we use to enjoy scenes and in the process think & reflect. Nowadays because of mobile (or a device), we listen to sound bites, watch movies, chatting, texting in media, or on calls.
Can we sit in a room for 20-30 minutes without distractions? When do we have time to think?
Can’t be alone, thinking is so boring, makes us uncomfortable
We can’t be in solitude today. Flexing our thinking muscles makes us fidget and cannot do it for long.
Our excuse is we always have more exciting things to do.
Yes, thinking is boring initially, but as you do more often, you start enjoying it. Thinking is a conversation you are having with yourself, how can it be boring?
It’s just that we lost our thinking cap because it’s considered unnecessary.
Thinking is replaced by copying others or social pressures to conform
Most of our life is spent analyzing & copying peers or doing things under social pressure. What are they doing? What others will say? etc.
Hence most of our decisions are already made by others. Look at your decisions, it’s driven by peers or neighbors or social rules. Yes, I agree, there is nothing wrong with being influenced. But in most cases instead of reflecting whether it is good or bad for us, we just copy or follow.
Copying is easier so why think? But as we mature and reflect on our decisions, we realize that most of what we copied or followed without thinking was not right for us.
The world does not want us to think
In today’s “materialistic world” no one wants us to think, Govt, Companies, Big brands, Social media. In fact, they want us to stop thinking and just listen to them, consume what they say, buy what they want, do what they say.
Look at it from their perspective, if all the decisions you take has to be taken by your independent thinking, will you never keep buying unnecessarily. Nope, if you reflect, pause and think why I am doing this? You will stop it and will become more sensible.
They don’t want us to think but to react, that’s what benefits them the mosts.
So how to get back to thinking
It’s simple – “Start thinking”. We all are culprits of not thinking enough, not analyzing enough, and let life happen to us in a zombie mode.
So relax and start thinking, let it grow on you. Make thinking time, take being alone time and be in solitude for some time daily. Let’s remove all the distractions while thinking, switch off everything else.
Thinking can be in different forms:
• It can mean introspection,
• It can mean sustained reading or writing.
• It can mean the concentration of focused work alone.
• It is something where you brain is driving instead of being driven.
Thinking is the most productive work, and the more you do it..the better you become at life and enjoy doing it!