Everyone today is so busy doing that doing nothing seems out of the question. But being so busy doing doesn’t leave much time for simply being and enjoying life. It is okay to do nothing.
In the past the concept of doing nothing was not acceptable to me. I believed that everything I did had to produce a result, and doing nothing was a waste of time. I have since learned that doing nothing actually holds value, and that value is time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Perhaps not a tangible product, giving yourself time to recharge actually will make you more productive because your mind and body have time to rest resulting in the ability to focus and function at a higher level.
Truly when I think about it, doing nothing isn’t possible. Even if all you do is sitting by a stream relaxing you are still doing something. So the concept of doing nothing for me is the difference between producing a tangible result versus an intangible result. Now I realize that both hold value.
The idea of doing nothing is a judgment that an action is worthless. But worth isn’t always measured by producing material results; often the result can simply be a better quality of life. Without downtime you will become stressed which will result in a myriad of challenges. It is better not to wait until overworking, with no downtime, takes its toll. Practice the art of downtime and give yourself a break each day. Doing nothing actually adds to your quality of life.
How will you spend your time doing nothing today?
This week practice doing nothing every day, even if it is just fifteen to twenty minutes a day. Doing nothing gives your body and mind time to rest enabling you to be more productive when you get back to doing.
Daily Success Formula
Doing Nothing = Creating space for reset + relaxation
“There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to; and that is, every now and then to be completely idle – to do nothing at all.” Sydney Smith
“Committee–a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.” Fred Allen
“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Elbert Hubbard
“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.” Spanish Proverb