With the growth of the internet, 500 channel 24-hour television, mobile phones, laptops and tablets, you are now surrounded with six times as much information every day as a person received in 1986.
Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for six years after the release of her third album.
So why only few of us take breaks?
I ask because I can often be found struggling with the “more.” If I posted on Instagram more, I’d have more followers and more visits on my blog. I need to blog three more times a week. And there is more.
I must admit, I’ve gotten disappointed with myself for scrolling on Facebook or watching series more times than I can remember.
Furthermore, I’m not the only one. So many of us are scared of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won’t let a moment pass without listening to a song, reading an article, or sharing something.
The intellectual load is genuine.
Just like Vitamin D, sleep, and healthy food, it’s not only OK to take a break, it’s essential for your health and mood. Living a successful and fulfilled life is also about knowing when not to work. For best results, you need to focus on your input, as well.
The world won’t end if you are not on the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won’t disappear. Your time is now, but your time was also then, and it will be once more.
Your dreams don’t have a expiring date.
Many people confuse being “busy” with being productive. But you can do your best work and achieve efficiency only by taking breaks. Since nearly everything will work again if you unplug it for a couple of minutes—including you.
What’s more, science backs it up, as well. Your brain needs significant downtime to do its most creative thinking. The moments of creativity you have while driving or in the shower aren’t coincidental.
They’re a result of you making a step back, whether you notice it or not. When you leave your tablet or phone behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective shows up.
Here’s a challenge. Let yourself take a awesome and liberal break. A few breaks. Hell, get downright bored. Put airplane mode on for some time. Sit down. Lie down. Be still. Do nothing. Observe. Listen to your mind. Let it do what it does without any pressure.
Wallow in it. Don’t be afraid. Push it as far as you can.