May 2015 – Take Small Steps: Take Time to Do "Nothing"
Though we often complain, it seems that human nature these days has a tendency to revel in non-stop activity, jammed schedules, no vacations, and constant technology connection — and in many instances taking on this behavior as a badge of honor. We never stop running the race.
If you were a professional athlete scheduled for surgery or a passenger planning a vacation, you would want the surgeon or the pilots to be well rested, focused, clear headed and have more than enough energy to get the job done. Why should you and your colleagues, friends, and family deserve any less from you?
Doing "nothing" is actually actively doing something — decompression, reflection, and recharging. Ironically, many of us face more challenges with slowing down, and doing so for a long enough period of time to make a difference, than we do with trying to multi-task (which much literature indicates does not work and, in fact, is counter-productive) and burn the candles at both ends, even though it does not feel good.
Take Small Steps.
Much like the sleep recharge, the simple step of doing "nothing" may seem small but will do your brain a world of good.