“My day to day life as a CEO can be extremely hectic. Often, I have 10 to 15 meetings a day, with aggressive context switching and very little time in between. I may spend an hour reviewing new product capabilities, then join a large sales video conference, followed by an urgent budget meeting. I squeeze time in between to read and answer hundreds of emails a day. With so many tactical and time-sensitive tasks, I need quiet thinking time to reflect on strategy and the big picture, which may be less pressing but is far more important for long-term success. The brain has to switch from a task-driven mode to a deeper thinking mode, and in order to do so, as a routine, I block two to three hours off a week entirely for thinking. These are hours in which I am not in front of my computer, and my phone cannot be next to me… I sit on the sofa in my room, with a pen and paper, stare out the window, and let my brain and imagination take me in the direction I need.”

–Liad Agmon, CEO of Dynamic Yield, a personalization platform used by more than 300 brands around the world that was acquired by McDonald’s for more than $300 million in 2019

By Christina DesMarais Contributor, Inc.com@salubriousdish