It’s no secret that I’m a fan of goals. I’ve written about making goals and achieving goals and planning, planning, planning on my blog. But there is also something to be said about throwing your plans to the wind and just living. Lately I’ve been feeling over-scheduled and overstressed. It seems like everything I’ve been doing is in order to reach some overarching goal. I have been constantly trying to move forward on something and it’s become exhausting. I realize I have forgotten how it feels to just be. To just wake up and do nothing “productive.” To just laze about in a sunbeam and casually flip through magazines. To wander aimlessly through shops or take naps in the middle of the afternoon.
Sometimes you just need white space.
If you’re anything like me, you may also have a tough time making time for the nothingness in life. You might feel positively guilty when you take the time to watch trashy TV instead of working on your masterpiece. You may be telling yourself that you’ll have all the white space you need once you launch your business or land your dream job.
If you’re anything like me, you probably feel anxious about taking the time out to relax, because there’s so much work to be done, right? And right now, you need to keep charging full speed ahead to your goals.
Well, that’s a crock of shit.
You need that white space in order to be productive. You need the time to relax and rejuvenate if you want to be the absolute rock star that you are. If you constantly have your blinders on while working diligently according to your plan, you’re apt to miss out on all the beauty the world has to offer. Or worse, you’ll end up burnt out, overwhelmed and frustrated as all get out.
Creating a White Space habit may seem daunting at first but you can boil it down to 3 simple steps:
Take time out for yourself. Take the time to wander. Explore. Be aimless. Be spontaneous.
Don’t worry about not having enough time. You have enough time. Enjoy it.
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