Want To Be More Productive? Do Nothing.

Jari Roomer
Jun 3 · 7 min read

Why You Need To Do ‘Nothing’

By taking real breaks regularly, you’ll be able to process concepts, ideas, and new information effectively so that they get stored in your long-term memory. You give your brain the necessary time and space that is required for learning and forming new ideas. Most people, however, don’t give themselves this time and space despite thinking that they do — but more about that later.

How Doing Nothing Helps You Learn, Form New Ideas and Process Information

David Rock, author of ‘Your Brain at Work,’ describes the brain as a stage (like in a theater) that can only carry about four ‘actors’ (which are ideas, concepts and pieces of information) at the same time.

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How Taking Breaks Helps You Stay Focused, Think Deeply and Solve Problems

As mentioned before, doing cognitive demanding tasks drains energy from the brain. The less energy available, the harder it is to solve difficult problems, think deeply, and stay focused. Whenever we’re engaged in this type of work for an extended period without taking a break, our cognitive performance suffers greatly — making us much less productive.

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Now Do It

Since our default is set to seeking stimulating and distraction as often as possible, we need to train ourselves to do nothing more often. We need to make it a habit.

  • Use the Pomodoro technique, which forces you to take a 5-minute break every 25-minutes of highly focused work
  • Use ‘lost’ time (such as standing in line at the coffee shop) to reflect on your work instead of instinctively checking your phone

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