As an introvert, I especially appreciated Shane Parrish’s fine new piece riffing off of Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Ms. Cain’s interesting TED talk on the subject highlights some of her key points.
As I have written before, my personal productivity — both in terms of quantity and quality of work — increased dramatically when I set aside specific time to think and contemplate. Sometimes I do so with a particular subject or problem in mind. Sometimes I don’t. But, if I’m disciplined about it at all, it’s very useful time. I encourage you to read Shane’s excellent post and Ms. Cain’s worthy book.