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I want to take a think week

Take a break from doing, and invest in some thinking. Read, learn, study, analyse, digest... It'll pay dividends in your work for month to come

The science behind Think Weeks

Taking a ‘Think Week’ is the ultimate commitment to a deep working lifestyle. Bill Gates is credited with inventing Think Weeks – where you remove yourself from your day-to-day to focus on a specific challenge, or to think more openly about your business, your plans, your life. Going on your own Think Week could transform where you’re headed…
Reflect more
Psychologists talk about a brain state called ‘constructive internal reflection’. Studies show that you’re more likely to reach this hyper-creative space if you take time alone.
Escape the shallows
The constant distraction of modern knowledge work means the brain struggles to cement meaty learning. The result? Slower learning, and a bias towards instant gratification.
Mind wander
Daydreaming has been found to be a highly engaged brain state that mimics many of the processes used in imagination and creativity. Spending time daydreaming primes your mind to grasp creative insights.
"I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot."
Bill Gates

Learn from deep learners

Some of Microsoft's biggest pivots and innovations have come out of Bill Gates's infamous 'Think Weeks'. These twice-a-year retreats in a remote cabin somewhere in the Pacific Northwest have garnered big ideas – from Internet Explorer to the Tablet PC. Gates uses the time to disconnect, think, and write down his ideas.
Business magnate Warren Buffet credits much of his success to his reading habit. "Read 500 pages … every day," he says. "That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Harvard Computer Science Professor Radhika Nagpal uses laser focus to sustain her prolific academic career. By setting strict quotas for the amount of shallow work she allows herself to do, Nagpal focuses the vast majority of her attention on original research and deep learning.

Making use of FLOWN to learn new things

Book your own Think Week
Emulate masters like Bill Gates and book your quarterly 'Think Week' with FLOWN, so you can dig deeply into themes, studies and books. Book the perfect FLOWN space for your reading and learning getaway.
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Set yourself study goals with other FLOWN members
Join a daily Flock session – our virtual accountability groups – to keep you committed to your goals and your momentum up.
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Learn how to learn
Become a deep work expert with the FLOWN Academy, our bite-sized lessons on concentration and flow.
Inject play and creativity into your day
Take a randomly assigned FLOWN Quests during your break, so you can process your thinking and return to your studies refreshed.
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Find unexpected inspiration
Ditch doomscrolling and indulge in mentally enriching ideas in the FLOWN Almanac.

Get your thought provoked with FLOWN

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Take one of hundreds of challenges during your work break, to shift your perspectives and allow fresh ideas to flood in. Learn more


Delve into our wealth of instructional and inspirational content, including the FLOWN Academy and FLOWN Almanac.
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