The “Alone Zone” and Why it is Important

April 27, 2010

Taking time to think and to focus.

If you have followed this blog for any time at all, you will have seen a recurring theme and that is the urgent need that leaders have to separate themselves from their frantic schedules of doing “stuff” and getting quiet before the Lord to think deeply about their roles and responsibilities in leadership.  When we fail to do so, we are doing a grave injustice to those we lead and to the organizations we serve.  It is poor stewardship on our part.  There is also a great need to be able to truly focus on important projects as well.

So how do you carve out time to do so?  I have a few blog posts in the archives that might interest you.  Also, following is an excerpt from a post on Michael Hyatt’s blog (one of my favorite bloggers!). The title is Scheduling Time in the “Alone Zone”.

“If you are like many leaders, you often feel that your life consists of nothing BUT meetings. As a result, there is no time to complete the work you volunteer for, agree to, or are assigned in those same meetings.

What can you do? Simple: Schedule time for you.

You need time for what Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, authors of Rework, call “the Alone Zone”:

But this kind of alone time doesn’t happen by accident. I personally schedule four kinds of alone time:

  1. Morning time
  2. Weekly appointments.
  3. Quarterly reviews
  4. Travel time”

Read the post on Michael’s blog by clicking here to see how he handles each of these four categotries.  It might just help you to become more effective in your role as a leader.

Blessings on your day today,

BG

2 responses to The “Alone Zone” and Why it is Important

  1. 

    Good observation Peter. In fact, at our ministry, we have now introduced the practice of our 10 senior directors here at the home base of taking one working day a month to get away & to get still before the Lord and to seek Him in regards to their roles and responsibilities. We are already seeing benefits of this practice.

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  2. 

    Sometimes the most constructive response to life is to do nothing. We compound our crises through our freneticism, we resolve them by being still to know that He is God – in our circumstances, life, our workplace, our home, etc.

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