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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/smarter-living/the-case-for-doing-nothing.html

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The Case for Doing Nothing
Stop being so busy, and just do nothing. Trust us. Keeping busy? Running from place to place and laboring over long to-do lists have increasingly become ways to communicate status: I'm so busy because I'm just so important, the thinking goes. Perhaps it's time to stop all this busyness.

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Niksen

Whenever you feel stressed and on the edge of a burnout, you might as well try doing...well, nothing. 

Niksen is a term used to describe the fact of doing nothing, of taking a break f...

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Idleness and its benefits

If you have any doubts in what the multiple benefits that idleness can provide you with, just note down the fact that being lazy from time to time leads to increased creativity, productivity as ...

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Tips to make Niksen effective

In order to keep your effectiveness high while doing nothing, you might want to consider the following tips: 

  • Find the good moments to take breaks throughout your day, in order t...

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