Guest post: On doing nothing

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Do you find it hard to take time for yourself and do nothing? Guest blogger Kate Marshall reflects…

I hate sitting still. If I’m working on one project, I start to feel like I should be working on another one. If I do chores around the house, I should be writing. If I’m writing, I should be… de-grouting the tile or something. And then I berate myself for not taking more time to just stop, take a deep breath… and do nothing.

Being still”no to-do list, no pressing appointments, no alarm”can be a difficult task for people. I suspect that the more driven and ambitious a person is, the harder it is for him or her to spend time doing nothing staring into space; letting one’s imagination run wander; walking, etc. If personal experience has taught me anything, it’s that if I don’t give my brain some downtime, I can’t do my best job. How hard can it be to just take a few minutes for yourself every day?

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