I just watched a TED video, where Steven Jonston discussed where good ideas come from. In the video, he what he calls a ‘slow hunch’ and how sometimes the really great breakthroughs take time, and a connected mind, to happen. He talked about the creation of GPS, which all began out of a couple of scientists playing around in their lab when the Sputnik satellite went up.
The more we look, the more we see the benefit of projects which are slow. We’re witnessing the dawn of a new cognitive surplus; where what you do OUTSIDE of work (or your productive time, call it what you will) matters more than what you do on the clock.
I guess, by way of concluding this post, I’d like to share that I’ve just moved to working 4 days per week at Ai-Media, for exactly this reason. I believe that I’m more productive, and much more useful to myself, Ai-Media and others by having more time to do things slowly. It will allow me to say to yes to more things. I’m free on Fridays, and will probably be lurking at some of the local Sydney Jellies from now on. My ultimate hunch, is that the idea of working ‘full time’ is quickly coming to an end. I for one, can’t wait to see what we produce when all these slow hunches come together.