This one trick can help you reenergise, plan and set priorities

This one trick can help you reenergise, plan and set priorities

via Fast Company by Thomas Peng-Zapier

It is very, very easy to get lost in the day-to-day. There’s always some fire to put out, or some recurring task that needs doing, which makes it hard to focus on big-picture stuff.

This is what a Quarterly Think Day is all about. The idea is to take time and space to reflect, learn, and prioritize for the next three to six months. I learned about this concept from Jessie Link, VP of Engineering at Twitter, at a LeadDev Together conference session on personal development.

I decided to try it out. I found it a good way to prioritize, think strategically, and re-energize. I’m going to talk about what I learned, but first, let’s talk about how to plan your own Quarterly Think Day.


The name kind of explains it: once a quarter, you take an entire day to think. What about? This time is for asking yourself some critical questions.

  • What’s important to me?
  • What are all the things I need to get done?
  • Where do I want to be six months from now?
  • What must I do?
  • What should I do?
  • What can I delegate?
  • What do I want to do?

Don’t do anything other than think about these questions, and make sure you do that completely offline. Yes: computers are nice. You will have plenty of time to use them later. Today is about thinking, and computers have a tendency to distract you from that.

So use Post-its, Sharpies, and index cards. Draw on your window, if it helps. Just take the time to be alone with your thoughts.


You probably can’t just disappear from work without any planning, and you need to make sure this day is productive. Here are a few things you should do before your Quarterly Think Day so that everything goes smoothly…

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