Monday Motivator: In Praise of Idleness

Monday Motivator Motivation Quote

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body …

“The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

— Tim Kreider, The ‘Busy’ Trap, New York Times30 June 2012

Or put another way: You’ll get more done if you stop being so busy all the time.

Give yourself permission to stop and smell the daisies, to get mesmerised by the colours on a boat.

Schedule it in if you’re too busy for it to just happen.

Boat and Daisies

When I took this photo at the Camus Mor slipway there was a man sitting in a car by himself looking out to sea, sipping on a can of something. I wondered what was in it and I wondered whether he wondered what I was doing looking at the end of a boat. What we were both doing was enjoying the tranquillity of the sea shore.

Does wave watching ever feel idle?

4 Replies to “Monday Motivator: In Praise of Idleness”

    1. I find it can be so hard to get past that feeling of “should be doing something” … whereas by “doing nothing” I am actually. 🙂

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