Unreasonable effectiveness of doing nothing

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2022-07-28

In our fast-paced society, it's easy to get caught up in the daily grind, to forget taking a step back and look at the bigger picture. We're constantly told that we need to be productive and do something with our time, but is that really true? Doing nothing is just as important – if not more so – than doing anything.

When it comes to making decisions, especially important ones, we are often overwhelmed with options and advice. It can be difficult to determine what is truly important and what is just noise. In order to make the best decision possible, we need to learn how to cut out the signal from the noise. Seeing the forest from the trees.

Do less.

One way to do this is by taking some time for yourself - away from other people's opinions and outside distractions - in order to reflect on what it is you want or need. The seemingly opposite way is asking others for their opinion but then being willing to disregard that opinion if it doesn't feel right for you. Finally, try not to be swayedby popular opinion or trends; instead, trust your own intuition and judgement.

Learn how to focus on what's importantand make sound decisions based on your own values and principles.

Do more.

Once you've figured out what you want, you need to take action. You need to stand up for yourself and do what you believe is right. You need to be willing to take risks and make mistakes. You need to be willing to fail.

When faced with a decision, ask yourself if acting on this information is really necessary right now. If not, then put it out of your mind for now and focus on what you really need to do instead, what will bring value to your life?

Do nothing.

You have found your principles, you act acording to them, achieved your goals. Now what? When you are constantly active your brain has no time to rest and recharge. You need to take time to relax and reflect on what you have achieved, you need to feel yourself to know where you are heading. You need to take time to do nothing.

Pablo Picasso would famously go on month-long binges where he wouldn't paint or even speak; Stephen King takes long walks every day after he finishes writing for the day; even Mark Zuckerberg has been known to take two days a week completely off from work, and what is this Metaverse anyway? Is it more than a extension of Mark's mind? All of these people understand one thing: your brain needs downtime in order to function at its best. So next time you feel like you need a break, don't feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. Relaxation doesn't have to be passive – you can still read books or watch something – but it's important not to overdo it either. Balance is key!

Doing nothing will help boost your creativity. When you're constantly on the go, it's though to find time to relax and just let your mind wander. But by taking a break from work or other obligations, you can give yourself the opportunity to come up with new ideas or solutions.

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