5 Ways to Do Nothing

October 25, 2016

Career Advice

4074238137_c8b5182334_zWe talked about the benefits of doing nothing, and why everyone should do nothing for 15 minutes each day. The TL; DR is that it’s good for your brain function, your productivity, and your career.

But doing nothing is…well…challenging. We live in a world where we’re always doing something! There’s always something to watch, listen to, or scroll through. If you want to do nothing, you’re going to have to make an effort to do so.

Here are 5 tips that will help you do nothing for at least 15 minutes each day.

  1. Step away from the phone.
    Turn your phone on airplane mode and put it away. You can set a timer for 15 minutes if you’d like, but that’s it. Get the phone out of your sight.
  2. Turn off the TV.
    Or better yet, remove it from your bedroom. The 15 minutes before you fall asleep is a great time to do nothing — TV and phone free.
  3. Take some alone time.
    Go for a walk or a drive by yourself. Or go out for lunch, dinner, or a coffee solo. And don’t depend on your phone for company (see#1).
  4. Do a guided mediation.
    You’ll need to find a quiet room where you can’t be disturbed. There are plenty of guided meditation apps out there that will walk you through the process.
  5. Work out. 
    Going for a run or bike ride (or even a yoga class) on your own is the perfect time to tune out and just think. Forgo the music and headphones and listen to your thoughts.

Image via Susanne Winter/Flickr.


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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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