First off, let’s start by explaining that article title. By doing nothing, we do not mean slacking off at work. Not in the least. Your interval of doing nothing starts when your responsibilities are finished for the day. All of us get so wound up by being on a nonstop treadmill during most workdays, it can be tough to come home and unwind because we are often heading right into another series of responsibilities.
However, it is imperative that you get that downtime in order to rest and recharge your batteries. It is common for many workers these days to experience information overload. You know what we mean: emails, phone calls, meetings, instant messages…the list goes on and on and so do the demands made of your attention. That can lead to fatigue, errors, and even eventual burnout.
Staying on top of things at work (or, at least, looking like you are) has become extremely important to some people. But the truth is that instead of always doing more, sometimes you really should be doing less. That time you use to regroup, contemplate, and slow down can be very beneficial for your creative processes. That way, you can think more clearly and fully tap into any inspiration that comes your way.
Not having someone constantly vying for you attention can allow your thoughts to wander in interesting ways. Free association might be seen by some as a waste of time, but it can actually open a doorway into a new avenue of thought that leads to exciting possibilities you would not have considered otherwise.
So even using the term “doing nothing” can be relative. What if your “nothing” leads to a new chapter in your life? We would call that an investment of time in your future and that is certainly a good thing, yes?