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Have You Ever Just Considered Doing Nothing?

 

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So here’s the deal, you’re just about to leave for your doctor’s appointment, when you receive a phone call saying the doctor has been called out on emergency and will have to reschedule your appointment. Congratulations! You are the winner of one unexpected free hour! Ha ha ha haaaa!!

 

Sooooooooooo……what will you do with your winnings?

Go onto Facebook? Answer your emails? Return to the project you were working on before you had to leave? Pay bills? Return phone calls?

Have you ever just considered doing nothing?

If you’re like many of us today, the thought of doing absolutely nothing for an entire hour seems as wasteful as throwing a week’s worth of groceries out with the garbage. Indeed, free time with nothing to do can generate near panic among some of us who are overloaded and time-starved.

“We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture,” says Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. “Most of us do have time in our days that we could devote to simple relaxation, but we convince ourselves that we don’t.”

And yet, the harder we push, the more we need to replenish ourselves.

The importance of this downtime cannot be overstated. We see more clearly, we hear more keenly, we’re more inspired, we discover what makes us feel alive.

On some level, we know this already. But claiming time to ourselves….time that is often labeled “unproductive”….and sticking to it can be difficult. We need to establish formal boundaries around our free time to ensure that others, and we, ourselves honor this time.

 

Here are some ways to do this are:

• Make a date with yourself. Get to know someone who deserves your attention‚  YOU.

 

• Stand firm. Learn how to say “no” to co-workers, children, a spouse or a friend. In just a short while, you can say “yes,” but now is your time.

 

• Be clear about your needs. It’s not, “I need more time to myself.” It’s more like, “I’d like to spend 20 minutes by myself in the morning before everyone gets up.”

 

• Be on the lookout for stolen moments. Use the canceled doctor’s appointment to sit on a park bench watching pigeons.

 

• Practice doing nothing. “Doing nothing” is an art, and like all art you need to practice it to reach your highest potential.

 

How we define our free time varies by individual. For example, for one person, gardening may be meditative downtime, whereas for another, it is one more item on the to-do list (to be done as quickly as possible). The woods is a great place to stroll through for one person, an opportunity to be in and with nature; for another, it’s a great place for a power walk while dictating letters into a small tape recorder.

 

Our free time should be like a beautiful flower: it has no purpose. It’s just there. And yet, it refreshes us and reminds us of nature’s glory.

Do something that has no purpose other than joy. Take a half-hour a day to surprise and delight yourself. Keep it simple, and keep it consistent. If your idle time becomes a “program,” or becomes progress toward some productive goal, begin again. It’s amazing, how simple it really is. Enjoy an hour for yourself this week.

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Come On and Bring some Creativity into Your Life!

Everyone is born creative.

The boxes of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential.

Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the suggestions of others will only bring disharmony to the music you are trying to create.

If you have a unique idea, don’t squander your time and effort trying to make people appreciate it. The help you will in all probability come in the form of negative feedback.

If all those geniuses listened to their peers, we would probably still be living in the Middle Ages.

Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up.

Record your dreams. Those dreams may just create a creative spark in you. Many a book started just this way.

Discover your own style. People will welcome your originality more because it is uniquely yours. Being unique will allow people to see how important an asset you are.

Don’t hide behind fancy gadgets or tools. The true artist in fact reduces the number of tools he has, as he gets better at his craft: he knows what works and what don’t and only uses the few perfect tools.

Nothing will work without passion.

What wakes you up in the mornings?
What keeps the flame burning?
What is the one thing that you’ll die if you don’t do?

Sometimes you just want something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion. Passion will keep you going.

You can’t force inspiration…….it  hits when you least expect it to, for those unpredictable yet inevitable moments you should prepare.

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