The importance of doing nothing.

After a long day of back-to-back meetings, the last one of which was four hours long (yes, you read that correctly – a half-day offsite during which my butt stayed glued to an uncomfortable conference center chair), I came home, dropped my things by my loving husband’s feet, and proceeded to collapse on the living room floor.

“Stick a fork in me,” I quipped. “I am done.”

Okay, so I was being a wee bit melodramatic. Or maybe more than a wee bit. All I knew is that I felt weary. Mentally, physically, and spiritually worn down.

This is what happens when you go-go-go for days without stopping.

So tonight, I forgot about my to-do list. I didn’t even attempt my 500-word a night writing goal. I sat my butt on the couch, curled up next to the dog, and shut off my brain. DVR’d episodes of The Walking Dead helped zombify me for two delicious hours.

Then I got up, put away the leftovers from dinner, packed Joe’s and my lunches for tomorrow, wiped down some counters, and retreated to my office to write this.

In other words, business as usual.

What I’m trying to say is this:

I needed those two hours of mindless being. (I mentioned the four-hour-long meeting, right?) I needed to power down, check out, and let my metaphorical batteries recharge before I could go back to the nightly routine. Even though I fell 111 words short of last night’s writing goal, and even though I desperately needed to update my YNAB budget, and even though there are a bajillion constructive things I could’ve been doing with my time –

Sometimes, doing nothing is just as important (if not more) than checking off items on a to-do list.

Sometimes, you just need to be.

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6 thoughts on “The importance of doing nothing.

    • It was definitely an interesting meeting! I just don’t do well with sitting still for that long. I’m used to popping up and walking around the office pretty regularly. And I love the idea of adding “down time” to the to-do list. I should do that more often!

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  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    Yes, I just need to be! I will like to just be. But there are blogs to comment on, and I have 14 thousand books I am trying to sort through in my ebook reader. 🙂 I will make sure to get an hour today where I just be. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!
    Snoskred
    http://www.snoskred.org

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    • Thanks so much! I’m being a bad NaBloPoMo participant in that I haven’t read/commented on as many blogs as I should. Thanks for the push! P.S. The salted caramel stuff looks YUMMY.

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  2. Down time is vital to well being. I wish I could get my close friends to realise this.. Juggling three jobs atm he needs to lie under a tree for a weekend and just not do anything. Not even browse the net. BOO. I worry for him. 😦
    Glad to have found you through the Blogroll NaBloPoMo

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