Last week while watching Peter Redstone facilitate a webinar on time management, I was reminded of the concept of “thinking time” introduced by Mary Budd Rowe, a visiting professor at Stanford in the 90’s. She would give a 10-minute presentation and then give students 2 minutes to think—either on their own or in small groups. She found that it increased the length and appropriateness of students’ responses and it changed the quality of questions asked by the instructor!
Peter stopped in the middle of the webinar and gave everyone 3-4 minutes to think about several questions regarding the challenges we face with time management. Rather than asking us to think later—or more likely never!—we had time to reflect and write out our priorities. It struck me as another tip worth sharing besides the ones shown above that Peter shared during the webinar. Thank you, Peter!