Ok, so here I am sitting here doing something, about to tell you that you need to do nothing... so I’ll keep it short.
First up, I want to set the record straight. Being bored is good for you. Being bored is very, very good for you. Really it is, it’s science. Yes, those wonderful scientific boffins have found out that staring blankly at a wall for 5 minutes with absolutely nothing going on up there, is what we humans must do. Being at home on your own on your favourite chair, just being, now that's a pastime! At least some of the time, anyway.
Without sounding too hypocritical as I’m well aware I am sharing this on the very thing that is causing this (the internet), our brains are becoming used to hyperactivity. Of switching from one thing to another and back again. This habit causes us to lose our ability to focus and our levels of worry, anxiety and stress increases; it affects our ability to switch off and even get a good night’s sleep. And it severely impacts our ability to be creative, to problem solve, to come up with unique solutions or to just be more playful in our lives.
So I encourage you to set out some time to do nothing at all. Once you get over your inner critic telling you to get off your butt and do something (this means perseverance, it means losing the feelings of guilt that arise every time you attempt just...be) your brain will relax. Your creativity will come back and you might even accidentally solve that niggly problem that's been on your mind for some time. Or you might not. You might simply end up enjoying yourself; enjoying the experience of just being present. It may inspire you to change the direction of the day and do something serendipitous. This is especially useful if you’re stuck in the mindset of overplanning and over-busyness.
And if it doesn't do either of those things? Then you will have a well-earned rest and perhaps create the opportunity for you to pause, reflect and be grateful about those things that make your life special. It may be for something small, that cup of coffee you had to start the day or a positive interaction you have had recently. Whatever it is, let that grateful feeling sit with you and resonate outwards. Let it glow.
So the next time you're on your phone, rushing to a meeting, in the pouring rain, without a raincoat, and you've just found out you need to take the cat to the vet (too dramatic?), feeling harassed and like it NEVER lets up… remember … schedule in time, regular time to do NOTHING.