Being alone is uncomfortable at times. But when it comes to creative work and thinking, it’s important to take a long-term view on those moments of discomfort.
Being alone has a kind of a rebound effect. It’s like bitter medicine, creating more positive emotions and less self-reported depression down the line.
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Even a little bit of solitude, like being in the office an hour early, can result in some quality work before the rest of the colleagues start trickling in.
The enemy of great work is distraction. The more you are disconnected from the smartphone, the more ‘flow’ mode you can experience.
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When you're by yourself, you make choices without outside influences. Making choices on your own will help you develop better insight into who you are as a person.
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Spending time alone breaks down those barriers. Studies show you'll develop more compassion for other people when you set aside time for solitude.
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