The first task on your daily to — do list should be: do nothing
Imagine having a roommate who never speaks to you. They invite friends over every now and then, go out for socialising, have frequent conversations with everyone except you.
Most of us go through life without speaking to ourselves. We often neglect our inner voice, leaving it to chatter away in the background or drown it out with distractions. The way we talk to ourselves can have a significant impact on our well-being and overall quality of life.
Work is meant to keep you busy.
From the moment we wake up, we’re on the go. Our days start with a sense of urgency, and we go on about our day making mental to — do lists, trying to cram in as many tasks as possible. But despite our best efforts, we’re left with an ever-growing list of tasks to jumpstart our day tomorrow.
We’ve become too familiar with the feeling of overwhelm, but we’re unfamiliar with its consequences: burnout. If you don’t take a moment to slow down today, it’s only going to become more difficult tomorrow.
Take An Hour In The Morning To Simply Be
To start your day on the right foot, start by doing nothing. As daunting as it may sound to spend a whole hour with yourself, it can reap astonishing rewards. Ensure that the first thing you do in the morning is to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen, along with your thoughts. Write down whatever thoughts come to your mind. In the first few attempts, you may be at a loss for words to write about. But as you practice, you’ll observe a boost in your creativity, be better at organising your day, and actually achieve the things you set out to achieve.
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It can be scary to think of spending so much time alone with your thoughts, but it gets easier as you practice. Don’t judge yourself if you end up with nothing but a single sentence. That’s how most great ideast start. You’re simply practicing.
As time goes on, you’ll find that your mind automatically prioritizes the day during this hour. You can now take this time to schedule your day, prioritize your work, reflect on your long-term goals, and reassess your values.
Waste your time with intention to buy back the unintentionally wasted time during the day. Start your day off right and take that hour to simply be. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a practice that can transform your productivity, creativity, and overall well-being.