Here’s why you should make time to do nothing.
We’re living in a time where we’re super connected and there’s always a pressure to be “on”. The pressure to always be thinking about that next revolutionary idea, the pressure of staying ahead of the competition, the pressure to constantly think about the next stages of our lives, and the list goes on. Why do we always have to be doing something? I mean, think about it. Even when we’re supposed to be relaxing, we end up mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook.
One of the biggest reasons for this pressure to somehow always be productive is the glorification of being busy. We all know those people that love telling us about how ridiculously busy they are. Sometimes, we are those people. “I’m running on fumes bro” or “I barely ate yesterday” are some of the more popular phrases. When our friends tell us this, we think that this is a sign of someone who’s doing something right; someone who’s got their life together and “putting in the hours” to achieve their goals.
In truth, there’s nothing good about that.
Why are we envious of people who barely have time to eat properly? People who are too busy to take a 15 minute walk outside? Too busy get some proper sleep? Why are all of these admirable qualities? There’s this negative norm of perpetual productivity that’s harming a lot of people. Running on fumes and barely eating every day are not tactics for sustainable growth. If you barely have time to eat or exercise, how are you really spending your time? I’ve never met anyone who’s studied successfully for more than 3 hours without taking a break to eat or go for a walk. I’ve never met someone who’s built their business successfully by not sleeping properly and “working on things all night”.
You don’t have time because you’re inefficient with it. I mean, it’s tough right. I know I still struggle with it here and there. You know, when you set out to work for a solid 3 hours but spend 2 of those watching horrible auditions. Yea, you know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been there.
I’ve learned what works best for me and regardless of how busy I am, I make time to eat properly, exercise, and get a decent amount of sleep. I even make time to do nothing and just be.
Just being means slowing down, taking time to observe what’s around you, and decluttering your mind.
I’m not going to tell you how to organize your time. You know your schedule and how you work best. I will say however, that you should make time to do nothing. Really, do nothing. Just be. Breathe slowly and be aware of the physical sensations of your body. Stare out the window or just onto space. No catching up on emails, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, just chill and do nothing.
You have to get out of feeling guilty for taking some time for yourself throughout the day. You have to think about the good this is doing you rather than giving off the impression of being productive. Taking time out throughout the day to chill and do nothing automatically freshens you up to attack the next task properly and more efficiently.
Do nothing and accomplish more.