The Art of Doing Nothing

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    Key Points

    • Productivity, contrary to the popular belief, is NOT your ability to manage time. Productivity is actually your ability to produce something.
    • "Doing nothing" can really have a big impact on how you think mentally. It gives you a time to just relax and think things through. To think about anything.
    • Once your break from blogging is over, you should return with an eagerness to get to work and feel energized to get that work done.


    Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. In this article, the idea that doing nothing can actually boost your productivity later on is talked about, as well as the benefits of having some downtime as a blogger can be.


by Alex

Good productivity is a complicated thing to explain. How does one get into a productive mood and stay that way? As a blogger with a goal to accomplish and a vision for success, you probably have a lot of things you need to get done to get to where you want to be. How do you find the motivation to do it all?

Productivity, contrary to the popular belief, is NOT your ability to manage time. Sure, being able to manage your time can help you become more organized, which can help you become productive. But, productivity is actually your ability to produce something. A simple concept, right?

As simple sounding as it is, being productive is not easy to achieve. With other things to take your time up, like schooling or a job, sometimes when it comes to blogging – you just burnout. When you burnout, you lose that productiveness; the will to keep producing.

I have written quite a bit here on productivity and how to stay in a working mood. I’m sure you have read plenty of articles on productivity as well. But the idea I want to suggest to you here probably goes against every productivity tip you have ever read. It even makes quite a contradiction to the term as well.

Today, I want to talk to you about doing nothing. My favorite thing for getting into a working mood.

The Less you do, the More you want to do. Later.

Sounds crazy, but hear me out first. I wrote a pretty powerful article on acting now to find distant success last week, and I really believe in that concept. Put in the work now, enjoy the reward later. But I want to go back a step and figure out what we can do to get us in the mood to work hard.

First of all, when I say “doing nothing,” what do you think I mean? Believe it or not, I think there is more to nothingness than the definition of the word might say. Below are a few words I associate the phrase “doing nothing” with:

  • Relaxing
  • Laziness
  • Peace
  • Enjoyment
  • Appreciation
  • Tranquility
  • Calmness

Why do you think so many of us would rather sit around and do nothing rather than work? I’ll bet that if you give it just a few minutes of thought, you can see how I made the words above connect with doing nothing. When you’re hard at work, you may be stressed out with a mind running wild. When you’re doing nothing, you’re more at peace with nothing to worry about. You cannot tell me I’m wrong.

Why do you think sitting on the beach is so enjoyable? It’s not because of the sun, the warm weather, or even the views (whatever/whoever you’re looking at). It’s because you’re doing nothing in an environment that gives off a vibe which can be explained with every single word I listed above.

What I achieve by doing nothing at all

I think it’s fair to say that sitting down and just letting your mind run free can be considered a form of relaxation. Your mind is completely different when you’re in a relaxed mode than it is when you are in the middle of working your butt off.

I get some of the most important things I can think of done when I’m not doing anything. Obviously it’s all intellectual, but it really helps me for later on as it gives me a chance to think things through and see something for what it really us. Or, what it could be.

A few of the most important things I accomplish when I sit around doing nothing would have to be:

Getting in a good break

We all need to enjoy some rest and relaxation every once in a while. Some of us don’t consider blogging to be work as we see it as more of a hobby, but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause stress. It can’t be healthy to the mind if you are constantly thinking about your blog, so this downtime may be just what you need to take your mind off of blogging.

The great thing about taking an hour or two (or maybe just the day) off is that you will more than likely be in a great mood to get some work done. If you really enjoy the time you spend on your blog, then coming back from break will really be enjoyable and you will have this sort of eagerness to get back to it all.

Just last weekend I relieved myself of any writing time I usually have to work on school projects. Of course, I would much rather be writing than building molecular compound models for my Chemistry class, but I was away from the normal routine and when I got back – I felt great about it.

Thinking about the past and what the future holds

If you do choose to spend some of your downtime thinking of your blog, that’s fine. There are plenty of times where I have just sat down and thought of the things I have done over the last few days.

Self-analysis is always a beneficial thing to do. If you want to really dig deep into your head and see where you really are with your blog, just thinking about everything that you have done or haven’t done for your blog can give you a great idea.

Breakthroughs & Revelations

As I have mentioned already, a relaxed mind is the best kind of mind to have. You never know what you will come up with if you’re just in your comfort zone letting your mind roam free.

Relaxation can really open your mind up to a lot of emotions. The one emotion that it brings me, and I’m sure you can say the same for yourself too, is happiness. I think happy bloggers are the best bloggers, and you can really be surprised what you can think of when you are just thinking positively.

Does nothing sound good to you?

Have I surprised you in telling you that you should be taking time to sit around and do absolutely nothing? It may sound crazy, believe me. I just wrote an article last week about acting now for success, and a lot of what I talk about there may just go against a lot I talked about here today. It just proves two things: 1) I can’t get my idea of productivity straight and 2) Blogging is full of contradictions.

What do you think about doing nothing? Honestly, I don’t care if you call me an idiot for suggesting these things in this article. I really look forward to some of your insight here.

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