The Art of Doing Nothing

It's the beginning of a new year. There is so much to accomplish, and I found myself beginning this year the same way I ended last year –– on fire! I'd been on fire since last summer, knocking out my goals and improving the quality of my life. And then, I hit a wall.


Balance is Key

It's not that I wanted to stop working, but I needed to work differently. For six months, I'd been running on schedule, doing everything that needed to be done, exactly when needed. I was on a schedule so tight, that it left very little room to just be, and that had to change. So, I reverted back to something I have always known –– balance is key. Success is had by those who know when to rest and when to work, understanding that both of those components rely heavily on each other. 

Schedule Your Rest

Just as you schedule the things you need to do, be sure to schedule some time to do nothing, and treat it as part of your job and responsibilities. No matter how much needs to be done, none of it will come to fruition if you don't create and maintain a sense of balance. 

You need to rest.

And for those of us who are focused and charging toward our goals, resting may seem counterproductive. But, to the contrary, rest is what fuels us and allows us to charge faster, farther, longer.

What to Do When You're Doing Nothing

Motivated people have a hard time doing nothing, and sometimes, we needed to be reminded how to be still. It may seem simple, but when your brain keeps racing with great ideas or things you have to do tomorrow, it can be difficult to cut out the noise and just be. So, here are a few ideas:

  1. Turn off your phone's ringer
  2. Close your blinds and curtains
  3. Take a long, hot shower while listening to music or meditations
  4. Slip into your most comfortable pajamas, tee, and socks
  5. Order or make your favorite food and/or snack
  6. Turn on the heat, air conditioning, and/or your bedroom fan to create the perfect temperature
  7. Watch or stream your favorite shows, movies, or documentaries
  8. Just be –– whether for 2 hours or 2 days –– just be.

This is around the time when you might feel guilty about resting and doing nothing, but this is why you're scheduling this time, and not just going rogue. Give yourself as much time as you need and can afford, and when you're done, get up and get to work. You deserve the rest and you deserve the fruits of your labor. Go get it!





self careElisabeth Ovesen