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The Importance of Doing Nothing

November 21, 2013

Ever have one of those mornings where you wake up and feel like doing absolutely nothing?

You aren't tired, though you are completely comfortable and snug in your bed and feel like taking it easy for the rest of the day. I'm sure you have, we ALL have. Today was one of those days for me. I've been so much on the move lately, building my dreams, working on projects, writing, drafting, meetings, regular life stuff, and still maintaining a social life, that I woke up this morning with the adamant belief that it would be a tragedy for my feet to touch the cold tile floor even for a moment.

 

So you know what I did this morning? I allowed myself to do absolutely nothing.

Well, nothing of consequence.

 

I took the time to give myself exactly what I wanted at the moment. I perused some of my favorite interior design magazines, I doodled up some ideas in my sketchbook, I watched Lets Make a Deal, I even crushed a little candy (you know... that terribly addictive phone game). And you know what? By 10:30am I was fully ready to take on the rest of the day and all that I needed to do. Giving myself the opportunity to push a few things aside for a couple of hours gave me the boost I needed to get back to work with a new found lightness and readiness for productivity.

 

 

There's something so refreshing about saying "yes" to yourself at least every once in a while, and allowing yourself the pleasure of doing nothing. It boosts creativity, gives you peace of mind and validation, allows you a moment of serene contemplation, and simply a moment to slow down in the fast paced lives we all lead. When you feel like you've gotten what you've wanted it makes doing what you have to do so much easier, so much less a chore. Now I know that not everyone has the luxury of doing nothing on a Tuesday morning, but consider how many hours are in a day, and days that are in a week.

 

Consider how much more refreshed you'd feel if you woke up an hour earlier and took it slow before you had to get on with your day. Or how relaxed you would feel if you hop into bed early one night, before you reached the point of exhaustion and read a book or wrote before falling asleep. How about on your day off giving yourself a couple of hours at any point in the day to hangout in a coffee shop, take a long bath or shower, go for a walk, or wander a bookstore. Be creative with your time and your wants and allow yourself to remember that doing nothing is just as important as checking everything else off your to-do list.

 

Here's some research that backs me up in the importance of doing nothing:

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lilian-cheung-dsc-rd/benefits-of-doing-nothing_b_999264.html

  • http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/creativity-play/joys-doing-nothing

  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10738205

  • http://flowpsychology.com/flow-of-life/doing-nothing/

- Happy Tuesday

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