Pull out your day planner and clear some space for doing nothing.


Refill your tank

The research suggests you have everything to gain! Switching from “doing mode” to “being mode” is crucial in a 24-7 world, where it’s tempting to be overly busy and always available. The upside of downtime? You’ll have more energy and may be better equipped to rebound from stressors. We’re not suggesting you ditch your to-do list, but include self-care as a priority. Here’s an example: “No. 1: Just be.”

Mona Shattell, “Rethinking Idleness, Productivity and Time Management: A Call to Do Nothing, More,” Issues in Mental Health Nursing 31 (2010): 368–369.