The Discovery

Some people like to wake up in the morning and check things off their list.

I like to wake up slowly, sip something warm, and quietly enter the new day.


Some people love powering through projects.

I would rather read a friend’s doctoral dissertation than take on organizing a closet.


Some people can stay focused on their goal and get it done.

I tend to get distracted by sentimental stuff…


Three years ago, I found myself as a mother of three kids four and under.  As if all of a sudden, our household required 21 meals a week for 5 people and the organization of a million pieces of clothes—and all of this on very little continuous sleep.  There was nap time, play time, and tummy time—but very little me time.


I was in over my head.

It was in this context that I wanted to organize our garage.  I wanted to be able to walk in my garage and set my hand on a spring season 6-9 month dress when I needed it.  This time, instead of plunging straight into the task, I was going to try something new.  I had a hunch it would work, and I was getting excited.


This time, instead of diving in, I sat down and began to draw.  I drew what I wanted to see when I was done.   I created a simple sketch inside the box with shelving and clear plastic bins labeled with the correct items inside.

By the end of the day, I took a picture of my completed project.  It looked exactly like my sketch!  The many inputs that normally would have pulled me off task—didn’t.  It felt as though I had a shield around me off which the fiery darts of distraction bounced.

I had never experienced this before.

I immediately went to my freezer and tried it there.  Success.

Closets.  Success.

Schedule.  Success.

Finances.  Success.

Relationships.  Success.

It seemed I was accessing a part of my mind that I had never been introduced to before.

And, it turns out, that’s exactly what was happening.

I spent the next three years learning more and more about this powerful process.  What I had stumbled upon was a combination technique.  It turns out that this technique we now call The Envision Box was linking a powerful principle, a simple strategy, and a motivation and focus enhancing method—all in one.  The principle I was using was to “Begin with the end.”  The strategy was “Visualization.”  The method was “Drawing.”


Begin with the End.

When you Begin with the End, you begin, not with the beginning, but with the ending.  You clearly define where you are going and then work back from there—making steps to it from where you are.  Just as you would never go on a trip without clearly marking the destination and mapping out the journey, we should never start an important project—or even a day—without beginning with the end.



Visualization is creating a clear picture in your mind.  When you link this with beginning with the end, you use this process to clearly see and feel the end that you desire.  You visualize as viscerally as possible what your completed goal will be like.  Engage as many of your senses in this process as you can.

The data on visualization is unquestionable.  Olympic athletes are trained to use this method to visualize their performance at the games and top executives routinely visualize their days each morning.

The secret about visualization is that when your brain sees and feels something this clearly, your subconscious moves toward it—even when you are not “thinking” about it.  This is why the fiery darts of distraction bounce off.  Your whole being is moving toward something very specific, and when other inputs enter your mind, you know deep down that they are not part of the story you have written in your mind…and the distractions literally melt away.

close up pencil checking on Handwritten to do list plan


Nearly all Productivity Systems for decades have utilized the strategy of writing down your goals with words only.  This process is good and has helped many to achieve their goals.

However, we now know this method is no longer the best.

What if I told you that you could improve on this time-tested process by tweaking the way you write your desires down?

What if I suggested that you draw it clearly before you write it?


Drawing does special stuff in the brain, to calm us down, to motivate us, and to focus us.  And, in our highly distracting, over-stressed world, this is exactly what you need to give you the edge.

The Envision Box is considered the Keystone Tool of Think Time.  Its power cannot be overstated.  It really is so powerful that it can turn an entire week around in only a few minutes of uninterrupted focus.  It can be used across all areas of life.


I still do not consider myself necessarily organized or efficient…yet.  I still prefer a latte to a ledger.  But, I am getting the right things done with improved focus and motivation like never before.  After continuing to test this method and confirming its continuous delivery of results, I felt it was a stewardship to share this discovery with you.


And, this is Think Time.


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We have a serious problem.  We are losing valuable time.

We have created an innovative process to help people clarify their vision and move it into their lives so they can focus on what matters most.

This is Think Time.


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  1. I was so surprised at how this works! I am no artist and prefer lists. But the first time I tried it, I drew not a project, but my vision for the week – what I wanted my time with my children to look like – and it actually happened! I had been wanting to spend time outside reading books and drawing with them for weeks, and just never made it happen until I drew it first. Then we did it twice in one week! Now I just need to figure out how to make time to use the tool 🙂

  2. I love everything about this post! The “finished picture” keeps me on task, so I feel less overwhelmed by everything and can focus on the ONE thing I made my priority. Living intentionally and proactively takes a lot less effort than living reactively. In catching up on life, a friend recently told me, “I am amazed at your capacity!” and I thought, “Well, we all have the same 24 hours, but clarifying what your long- and short-term goals are ensures that the way you spend your minutes reflects your broader vision.” Some people get too caught in “life visions” and others schedule every minute of every day but their narrow becomes too focused. Think Time starts with the grander vision (which I’m better at naturally) and helps me make the practical steps I need to make that happen (which I naturally fail at).

    Thank you, Think Time!

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