I have a productivity addiction.
I'm always on the go. Reading, writing and learning.
There are many benefits.
But this week I started to reflect.
I’ve been reading Energize by Simon Alexander Ong
This quote stopped me in my tracks:
“We also get our best insights when the mind is still. By scheduling a regular time to rest and recharge, you begin to unlock your greatest source of creativity.”
I thought. When was the last time I was just still.
I couldn't remember.
I started to wonder how this might be impacting my creativity.
Simon shares several examples of how being still can lead to breakthroughs:
"Thomas Edison got fresh insights by spending an hour almost every day sitting at the end of a dock and fishing. He never did catch any fish, but that was never his intention. With no bait used, no one would disturb him, not even the fish."
The next day walking to the office I did something different.
I didn’t listen to a podcast, audiobook or even music.
I walked, looked at the sky and let my mind wander.
I didn't get a breakthrough idea.
But I did feel happy.
That was enough for me.
Thanks to Energize I'll be stopping more, to let my mind wander.