Most of the time, I don't give myself quiet time except when there seems to be time to do so. Sometimes, there seems to be 25 hours of work, turmoil, and struggle in a day. Usually, I put my nose to the grindstone, and put off any relaxing solitude until pressures ease.
Yet, such solitude may be what I need most during periods of upheaval in my life. My thinking often becomes clouded when pressures surround me like a whirlwind. I might work hard to solve a problem, only to find out halfway through that I was using the wrong approach.
Although I can't make a day longer than 24 hours, what I can do is improve the quality of my choices. To do this usually requires stepping back from my struggles, and trying to get a new perspective on them, by giving a chance for the dust to settle in my mind.
Once I do, I can often see my problems and solutions with new clarity. When I get back to tackling my challenges, I'm surprised at how my new frame of mind has turned mountains into molehills.
Your most important time may be a "timeout".
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