Sometimes when you’re really busy, you feel as though you need to squeeze the most out of every minute of the day. When you’re cooking lunch, you have to listen to a podcast or audiobook in order to feel productive. When you would normally go for a walk in the woods, maybe you want to go, but you feel like you should skip it because you feel guilty that you’re not actively “working.”
Maybe you should start to think of these “down-times” as necessary work as well. Listening to “nothing” will let your mind wander to what’s most important. Maybe always “keeping busy” is actually a mental block for you. Maybe you should schedule mind wandering just like you would a meeting.
“People whose minds wander more have been shown to be better problem solvers.” -Eric Barker (pg.227)
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