Idle

In the last couple of weeks, my brain has been in an “always on” mode. And as always when that happens, my body is pushed beyond its limit and eventually, it rebels. 

I haven’t learned my lesson. 

This usually happens after I’ve been on holiday, when I feel so refreshed I’m excited to get back to work. 

I go from task to task, with minimal breaks in between, and then at the end of the day, wonder why my brain feels fuzzy. Why ideas don’t seem to flow like they usually do.

“Your brain needs idle time,” writes Gustavo Razzetti in his article on the value of boredom

“The deeper reflective states happen when our mind is not busy. Idle time allows us to make meaning out of unrelated facts — we connect the dots and create a coherent narrative,” he says. 

When there are tonnes of articles teaching us how to be more productive, that our hour is worth $1000, telling us how to do the most things in the least time, it’s easy to feel guilty when we do nothing. 

But last Friday, at the bar, as I wiped bottles and thought about how “unproductive” I was being, my brain suddenly came alive. 

“Idle time is not dull but an opportunity for appreciation and learning,” says Razzetti. 

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