Dolce far niente. “It’s sweet to do nothing” in Italian. But for so many, doing nothing feels wrong. They need to be accomplishing something tangible, or they feel like they’re failing somehow. Time wasted. But is it really??
Of course not. We all need time to unwind and replenish both strength and spirit. I’m a big fan of remembering to build in regular, ample time for shaking off the “musts” and “shoulds”.
Maybe it’s just a few minutes during the workday to let your mind wander. Or as many days in a row as you can give yourself for renewal. And for new ideas to have time to blossom. Something we all need, but so often deny ourselves.
So, I’ll be taking some time off to see what might come to the surface. Or to have absolutely nothing of tangible value occur. Time off without goals, since the real value is simply in the sweet nothing.
Time to do nothing is so important!
Please join me in giving yourself permission to take some time to not accomplish anything. Even a few minutes of meditation or nothingness every day can do so much. And if you can manage more, all the better.
Just don’t stay hooked to your cell phone and to work, ok?
Too many bosses don’t realize the importance of letting people just disconnect without constant work calls. Productivity does NOT increase by keeping people in constant hamster-on-a-wheel mode.