Over the past week, I tried doing nothing. At least, nothing regarding writing/reading/work.
Supposedly, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other big names have done it because of the copious amount of benefits it brings; catch up on sleep, get away from work, think of new and better ideas. Some say that the biggest ideas they have ever thought of occurred during this time.
So, I thought I would give it a try.
I initially thought the first 1-3 days would be enough time for me to recover and recharge. During this time I felt sharp, and regularly found myself thinking of new blog posts/other random projects to start.
I felt little to no restlessness about going back to work or being productive in any sort of way and, as you could say, felt the most present.
I felt like I was applying the things I learned the past few weeks into my daily life and that I was connecting dots.
The first 3 days were great, however, I believe why my experience went so well was because I already had planned to have an entire week off. The usual 1-2 days I get on the weekends doesn’t usually cut it. This is most likely true because of its short timeframe.
This is where I started to feel the same as I was before I began the week of doing nothing, like I got used to this routine.
I started to feel restless and began reading articles on Medium. I wanted to start working at something again, and I particularly remember one morning where I cranked out 120 pushups for no reason.
I wasn’t consciously applying new thought into my daily from the things I have learned the few weeks prior and didn’t feel as sharp as I was in days 1-3.
I don’t know if I just suck at this week of doing nothing thing, but by day 6-7 I was impatient and ready to put in some work. (Plus, I know I’ve always been slightly a workaholic or someone who stays sane by producing “work.”)
Facebook notifications started to die down, nobody from work was bothering me and life was quiet. So quiet, I didn’t know what do with my life.
I was worried about work/being productive, and there wasn’t a single creative bone in my body. I felt like I was falling behind the learning curve, which caused me to feel restless.
As I head back to work, still no life changing ideas came from this week of doing nothing. I think it’s because I couldn’t fully relax for the entire time (and I’m not Bill Gates), but I do feel refreshed and have a few posts on the way.
Soon, I will be posting a blog called, Sometimes x doesn’t equal y.