128: How to Design a “Think Week” to Supercharge Your Business

Dr. Jeremy Sharp Podcast 3 Comments

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About four years ago, I started doing twice-yearly retreats to reflect and work on my businesses. While I didn’t know it at the time, it turns out that Bill Gates has been doing what he calls “Think Weeks” for decades. As I looked around, I found that many CEO’s and other high performers have some process for stepping away from the daily routine in hopes of getting some rest, clarity, and supercharged motivation. During this episode, I’m talking about my process for designing a Think Week. These are the primary components:

  • Put them on the calendar
  • Get out of town
  • Eliminate all non-essential decisions
  • Develop an agenda
  • Build in time for consultation
  • Exercise

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About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include 12 licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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Comments 3

  1. Dr. Sharp. I think that developing a regular “think week” or retreat is something that I’m going to incorporate into my schedule as a way to continue to grow my practice and identify what is or isn’t working

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  2. This is such a great idea- I’ve been building my solo practice while also single parenting the past few years (military family- I stayed behind). Now that I have a parenting partner and a better grasp on the practice, this is something I’m definitely incorporating (for personal and professional reasons…maybe TWO retreats for me!). My spouse is retiring from military life soon and looking at a business venture- and I think this is something he could benefit from for sure.

    I wonder if these retreats are tax-deductible? It seems that if you’re using it to work ON your business- it would be, right?

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