I have a confession to make…I’m not making New Year’s goals for 2017. I guess that’s not entirely accurate, I do have one goal and that is to do absolutely NOTHING! I am going to be the best- don’t do a damn thing nothinger ever—for at least 30 min or hour every day;)
I’m that person that loves planners and making to-do lists for everything so not ‘goal setting’ in a traditional sense is driving me a bit bonkers. Not to mention, the actual practice of doing nothing is difficult.
When I begin my ‘do nothing time’ my thoughts bombard me with all the things I could be doing, ie. folding the laundry, organizing work notes, hemming the curtains, searching the web for bootcamp ideas…and on and on the chatter goes. I acknowledge those thoughts and tell myself, ‘you have permission.’
Rewards Of Doing Nothing
Creativity: When the mind is given permission to wander and shift down it has this uncanny ability to get us unstuck. Try it! If a problem has you stumped, take a mental break and notice the difference when you return.
Productivity: According to Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”
Authenticity: It’s paradoxical how this do-nothing space is impactful. It’s here that the heart and mind can align and there is a return to authenticity. It’s like you remember that you are not all the things you do, you are so much more.
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets, essayist Tim Kreider wrote in The New York Times
Connectivity: Think about when you’ve been happiest with your life. Is it during those moments when you’ve been racing and forceful to get things done? Or has it been those moments when you feel connected and present with your work and the people around you?
As you head into the New Year consider creating space in your day to relax. Go for a walk, listen to some music or just space out:) What you will find is the world will keep on spinning without you and you will return the better for it. Will you join me in my quest to be the to be the best-damn-do-nothinger in the new year?