Can We Really Do Nothing And Be Productive?

Doing nothing can be productive.

Does it sound too good to be true?

Read on…

Things are going to start getting crazier and chaotic here at our house and I’m thinking about how I want to spend my time during the next several weeks and beyond.

I keep telling myself that I want to make sure I take time to step back and just relax and actually do nothing.

But can I and still be productive?

Yes, and here are a couple reasons why we can do nothing and be productive not just during this busy time of year, but throughout the entire year:

Reason 1:  “…giving our brains time to wind down and think about nothing at all can provide our moments of greatest creativity and insight.”

Daniel J. Levitin, the director of the Laboratory for Music, Cognition and Expertise at McGill University and the author of “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload,” is credited with this insight.

This helps further explain the aha moments, solutions to problems and great ideas we have when we’re lying in bed or taking a shower.According to Levitin, we’re giving our brain time to relax.

Doing nothing helps our brains,provides clarity and, I believe, also helps reduce some of the stress and overwhelm that we have.

Reason 2: Taking a vacation (doing nothing) makes you even better at your job.

Research shows that when we take time off we’re happier, more productive, more creative, better problem solvers, and more focused. (Huffington Post, 2016;Inc., 2016; USA Today)

According to an Intuit study,82 percent of small business owners who took a vacation experienced an increase in job performance upon their return to work.

For the past few years I’ve always (at least tried) taken the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. I simply unplug, spend time with friends and family and get recharged for the new year.

And every January I’ve experienced renewed energy and focus for my business, clients and relationships.

How has taken the time to do nothing helped you?

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