Once a week, clear your calendar, remove any social obligations, turn off your notifications, let your projects sit idle and make space for what could happen.
You matter without the stuff, the outside approval, without the career, or the friends. It is worth having a "do nothing" day just to be you.
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When we look at our calendar, we often notice that every hour is filled with something - almost as if we don't like being left alone with ourselves with nothing to do.
But our inner lives are in great need of attention. It takes the absence of an agenda to really learn about ourselves. It takes quiet and time.
Most of us when asked ‘so what do you do?’ at a typical party conversation end up describing our job profile and the work that we do, as it makes up our main identity, and sometimes the only identity we have.
Our career takes up most of our time and energy, but only defining oneself professionally is limiting and even diminishing our self-identity.
It means cultivates insightful knowing rather than just a brain overloaded with information.
Mindfulness creates space to let new information in and to allow us to see how it relates to what we already know.
When you leverage the fact that you have emotional and mental responses to specific places, you can dramatically increase your productivity.
Each person’s optimal environment will look a bit different, but there are a few general elements to take into consideration.