“It’s critical to set aside time to take a breath, look around, and think. You need that level of clarity in order to innovate and grow.”
To distinguish between the essential and nonessential, you must first explore the options available to you. When you spend the bulk of your time working, you leave very little time (and energy) to explore, to ponder life, or to talk and debate about what you need to do next to achieve your goals. You may even realize that while you’ve been working, the world has been changing around you, but you’re still stuck in the same place.
Give yourself some space to explore your options.