Try a Shultz Hour

Constant activity is not the most productive way to live and work.

George Shultz (U.S.A. Secretary of State, 1982-1989) took an hour each week to reflect on the strategic, big-picture aspects of his job.  Sitting alone in his office with paper and pen, he would allow no interruptions (excepting his wife or the President). 

He had to set aside this quiet time  –  an hour where he wasn’t being pulled into moment-by-moment work situations  –  otherwise he didn’t get the time to focus on the over-arching questions of national interest.

Do you make time for quiet reflection every week?

To simply ponder the big picture and prevent getting lost in the forest because of all the trees?

The times when we feel too busy to take a Shultz Hour are when we need it the most!

“You can’t do big things if you’re distracted by small things.”

For effective, practical stress management skills that enhance health and performance, check out the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic programs at

Kathy Somers, R.Kin, BCB


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