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By Leo Babauta

I have a couple of clients who’ve been stuck in inaction for months now, and they’re desperate to get into action.

So we’ve set up structure and training so they can train themselves to be in action much more of the time.

It’s trainable, if you’re willing to commit yourself.

In this short guide, I’ll talk about how to train.

Commit to Possibility

When we are not feeling motivated to take action, and we’re feeling burdened or bleh about a task … it’s because we aren’t connected to some possibility in our lives.

What is it that you want to create in the world? What do you want to change in your life, or in the lives of others?

If you get clear on that possibility, and feel connected to it, you’re going to feel much more energized and inspired to tackle your tasks.

Some examples of possibility:

  • Create an income with my new business to support me and my family
  • Help people overcome their feelings of inadequacy
  • Help my team feel more energized and connected to meaning
  • Help keep my family safe and happy
  • Help 100 million people change their lives with uncertainty training (my mission)

There are lots of other possibilities, but the important thing is to connect to yours, before you even take on a task. And reconnect when you’re feeling like not doing it.

Then commit to creating that possibility, even if it feels difficult or scary.

Create Daily Structure

Once you’re connected and committed to that possibility, it’s important to have some structure. Some examples:

  • A schedule with blocks for your meaningful tasks
  • Accountability with a group of people
  • A session at 10am every day where you write for an hour
  • A video call every day at 8am with an accountability partner, where you do 2 hours of focused work on the call together
  • A commitment to check in with a coach, and a consequence for not doing your commitment

What structure will help you be in action? Create it for yourself, and then train.

Train Your Action Muscle

This is the important part: you can connect to possibility and be committed, create a structure … but then you have to actually put it into action. Nothing else matters but this.

So train yourself for a week, and each day be in action. Be doing stuff. Get shit done.

Take on the hard tasks, in small chunks. Check things off your list, while feeling the meaning and possibility you’re creating.

Be in action, over and over, and you’ll train the action muscle.

After a week, review: how did it go? What needs to be adjusted? What did you learn? How can you keep the training going?

So with this in mind: what would you like to commit to today?

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Have you ever tried to sit still for five minutes doing absolutely nothing? I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty uncomfortable. Having nothing to do but listen to your own thoughts might feel about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Because we’d rather not subject ourselves to that kind of torture, we rarely give ourselves time to do nothing. Instead, we try to fill every minute of the day, often with insignificant things like scrolling through social media.

Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

When you get into this kind of cycle, it’s hard to let yourself relax at the end of the day. You might feel like you could have accomplished more, even though your day felt ridiculously busy.

If you don’t give yourself time to do nothing, you risk getting burned out. Embracing the art of doing nothing is important if you want more creativity, relaxation, and mindfulness in your life.

In this post, I’m sharing how I’ve shifted my mindset to find a balance between being productive and doing nothing. Plus you’ll get some practical tips to help you make doing nothing part of your routine too (without boredom or guilt).

You don’t have to be productive 24/7


Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

Often we think every moment of the day needs to be productive. In truth, there’s power in allowing yourself to do nothing without any expectations.

The trouble is that learning to be okay with doing nothing is hard. I’ll be the first to admit that I thrive on getting things done, and I love nothing more than a crossed-off checklist. I was working three jobs last year because I wanted to fill my time with productive things.

Even though they were things I enjoyed, it soon became too hard to juggle everything. I never had time to myself, and I felt like I had no creative energy left to give. I eventually realized that life doesn’t have to be FULL to be fulfilling.

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Life doesn’t have to be FULL to be fulfilling.

I think this is something a lot of people struggle with, especially when society tells you to always be busy. You might also expect a lot from yourself and put pressure on yourself to do as much as you can.

When I find myself with nothing to do (or I feel like I should be doing something but I don’t actually have the energy), I tend to feel guilty or like I’m falling behind. It’s easy to beat yourself up for “wasting time”.

The truth is that no one can be productive all the time, nor should you expect yourself to be. The best thing you can do is be kind to yourself in those moments when you’re not being productive.

It’s okay to do less. It’s also okay to do nothing.


Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

Let yourself be in a “float state” sometimes. By float state, I mean letting yourself be still – mentally and physically – without pressuring yourself to do anything.

The reason I love the concept of the “float state” is that the best ideas often come when you’re doing nothing. Have you ever been taking a shower and had a brilliant idea hit you in the face? You can find unexpected creativity in the moments when you’re zoning out, waiting in line, or right before you drift to sleep.

In Italian, dolce far niente means sweet idleness or pleasantly doing nothing. In these moments of sweet idleness, we’re not forcing anything to happen. We’re just responding to what’s around us. We’re giving our thoughts space to breathe without distraction or expectation.

One way I do this is by going for walks without listening to anything. Typically I’d listen to a podcast or music, but listening to nothing (other than the noises of the world) gives me a chance to be more present with my thoughts and ideas. These daily walks are often the times when I come up with new ideas.

In the book Four Seconds, author Peter Bregman writes:

“My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I’m running or showering or sitting, or doing nothing, or waiting for someone […] They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots.”

In essence, the “float state” is the opposite of multitasking. How many times have you been watching Netflix while scrolling Instagram at the same time? Maybe you feel unproductive for watching Netflix, so scrolling on Instagram makes you feel like you’re doing something. You might think you’re relaxing when you’re actually multitasking.

Something we can all embrace is the mindset that it’s okay to do nothing. Sure, it’s uncomfortable and you might feel awkward because there’s nothing to distract your thoughts.

But embracing more flow time in your schedule is going to help you prevent burnout in the long run. Plus, it’s going to give you space to be more creative and mindful.

How to make time to do nothing


In order to prevent burnout, it’s important to make time to do nothing. You don’t need to make every second of the day productive to make your life fulfilling. On the contrary, you need downtime and pure relaxation (no multitasking!) to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Here are some tips for embracing “float time” in your schedule:

1. Figure out what float time means to you

Everyone has a different idea of what doing nothing looks like. Maybe it’s sitting still and staring out the window. Maybe it’s something you do without any specified outcome, like doodling, listening to music, or reading. Think about what float time might look for you and how you’d like to use it.


2. Add a time block of float time to your schedule

Figure out how much time you can dedicate to doing nothing. Whether it’s 30 minutes a week or 30 minutes a day, add this to your schedule as dedicated float time. When that time comes around, do whatever feels good in the moment. The most important thing is to avoid multitasking or forcing work during this float time.

If you need to start small, Calm created a great site called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. Try it out here: donothingfor2minutes.com


3. Be realistic with your to-do list

Are you thinking, “I have no time to do nothing”? If so, it may be that you need to take a step back and reprioritize your to-do list. Be realistic with the number of things you can get done in one day. Also, be real with yourself if you’re procrastinating. Do you really not have enough time or are you not getting things done in a timely manner? If you still have things on your to-do list at the end of the day, you may need to prioritize your time a little differently.

Related Post: 5 Tips To Pause Hustle Mode And Slow Down


4. Know when to push yourself and when to rest

Most of us have peak productivity hours, as well as hours when our energy dips. The energy dip is usually in the afternoon, which is a great time to give yourself space away from your to-do list. If you find yourself trying to force your work during an energy dip, take a break for float time instead. Try tracking your energy patterns for a week by writing down when you feel most energetic and when you run out of steam.


What does doing nothing mean to you?

I hope this post has encouraged you to embrace float time in your own life so you can enjoy downtime without guilt or expectations. Learning to be okay with doing nothing is difficult, but it will help you prevent overwhelm and burnout in the long run. If nothing else, I hope you can take this post as a reminder to cherish any tiny pockets of time you find in your day that allow you to simply do nothing.

Leave a comment below! What would your ideal “float time” look like?

The post How I’m Learning To Embrace The Art of Doing Nothing appeared first on The Blissful Mind.

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Have you ever tried to sit still for five minutes doing absolutely nothing? I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty uncomfortable. Having nothing to do but listen to your own thoughts might feel about as exciting as watching paint dry.

Because we’d rather not subject ourselves to that kind of torture, we rarely give ourselves time to do nothing. Instead, we try to fill every minute of the day, often with insignificant things like scrolling through social media.

Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

When you get into this kind of cycle, it’s hard to let yourself relax at the end of the day. You might feel like you could have accomplished more, even though your day felt ridiculously busy.

If you don’t give yourself time to do nothing, you risk getting burned out. Embracing the art of doing nothing is important if you want more creativity, relaxation, and mindfulness in your life.

In this post, I’m sharing how I’ve shifted my mindset to find a balance between being productive and doing nothing. Plus you’ll get some practical tips to help you make doing nothing part of your routine too (without boredom or guilt).

You don’t have to be productive 24/7


Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

Often we think every moment of the day needs to be productive. In truth, there’s power in allowing yourself to do nothing without any expectations.

The trouble is that learning to be okay with doing nothing is hard. I’ll be the first to admit that I thrive on getting things done, and I love nothing more than a crossed-off checklist. I was working three jobs last year because I wanted to fill my time with productive things.

Even though they were things I enjoyed, it soon became too hard to juggle everything. I never had time to myself, and I felt like I had no creative energy left to give. I eventually realized that life doesn’t have to be FULL to be fulfilling.

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Life doesn’t have to be FULL to be fulfilling.

I think this is something a lot of people struggle with, especially when society tells you to always be busy. You might also expect a lot from yourself and put pressure on yourself to do as much as you can.

When I find myself with nothing to do (or I feel like I should be doing something but I don’t actually have the energy), I tend to feel guilty or like I’m falling behind. It’s easy to beat yourself up for “wasting time”.

The truth is that no one can be productive all the time, nor should you expect yourself to be. The best thing you can do is be kind to yourself in those moments when you’re not being productive.

It’s okay to do less. It’s also okay to do nothing.


Feel like you never have time to simply relax? Here's how you can make doing nothing part of your routine without feeling guilty about it.

Let yourself be in a “float state” sometimes. By float state, I mean letting yourself be still – mentally and physically – without pressuring yourself to do anything.

The reason I love the concept of the “float state” is that the best ideas often come when you’re doing nothing. Have you ever been taking a shower and had a brilliant idea hit you in the face? You can find unexpected creativity in the moments when you’re zoning out, waiting in line, or right before you drift to sleep.

In Italian, dolce far niente means sweet idleness or pleasantly doing nothing. In these moments of sweet idleness, we’re not forcing anything to happen. We’re just responding to what’s around us. We’re giving our thoughts space to breathe without distraction or expectation.

One way I do this is by going for walks without listening to anything. Typically I’d listen to a podcast or music, but listening to nothing (other than the noises of the world) gives me a chance to be more present with my thoughts and ideas. These daily walks are often the times when I come up with new ideas.

In the book Four Seconds, author Peter Bregman writes:

“My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I’m running or showering or sitting, or doing nothing, or waiting for someone […] They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots.”

In essence, the “float state” is the opposite of multitasking. How many times have you been watching Netflix while scrolling Instagram at the same time? Maybe you feel unproductive for watching Netflix, so scrolling on Instagram makes you feel like you’re doing something. You might think you’re relaxing when you’re actually multitasking.

Something we can all embrace is the mindset that it’s okay to do nothing. Sure, it’s uncomfortable and you might feel awkward because there’s nothing to distract your thoughts.

But embracing more flow time in your schedule is going to help you prevent burnout in the long run. Plus, it’s going to give you space to be more creative and mindful.

How to make time to do nothing


In order to prevent burnout, it’s important to make time to do nothing. You don’t need to make every second of the day productive to make your life fulfilling. On the contrary, you need downtime and pure relaxation (no multitasking!) to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Here are some tips for embracing “float time” in your schedule:

1. Figure out what float time means to you

Everyone has a different idea of what doing nothing looks like. Maybe it’s sitting still and staring out the window. Maybe it’s something you do without any specified outcome, like doodling, listening to music, or reading. Think about what float time might look for you and how you’d like to use it.


2. Add a time block of float time to your schedule

Figure out how much time you can dedicate to doing nothing. Whether it’s 30 minutes a week or 30 minutes a day, add this to your schedule as dedicated float time. When that time comes around, do whatever feels good in the moment. The most important thing is to avoid multitasking or forcing work during this float time.

If you need to start small, Calm created a great site called Do Nothing for 2 Minutes. Try it out here: donothingfor2minutes.com


3. Be realistic with your to-do list

Are you thinking, “I have no time to do nothing”? If so, it may be that you need to take a step back and reprioritize your to-do list. Be realistic with the number of things you can get done in one day. Also, be real with yourself if you’re procrastinating. Do you really not have enough time or are you not getting things done in a timely manner? If you still have things on your to-do list at the end of the day, you may need to prioritize your time a little differently.

Related Post: 5 Tips To Pause Hustle Mode And Slow Down


4. Know when to push yourself and when to rest

Most of us have peak productivity hours, as well as hours when our energy dips. The energy dip is usually in the afternoon, which is a great time to give yourself space away from your to-do list. If you find yourself trying to force your work during an energy dip, take a break for float time instead. Try tracking your energy patterns for a week by writing down when you feel most energetic and when you run out of steam.


What does doing nothing mean to you?

I hope this post has encouraged you to embrace float time in your own life so you can enjoy downtime without guilt or expectations. Learning to be okay with doing nothing is difficult, but it will help you prevent overwhelm and burnout in the long run. If nothing else, I hope you can take this post as a reminder to cherish any tiny pockets of time you find in your day that allow you to simply do nothing.

Leave a comment below! What would your ideal “float time” look like?

The post How I’m Learning To Embrace The Art of Doing Nothing appeared first on The Blissful Mind.

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Not all lies involve saying things that aren’t true. Sometimes you might omit specific details to avoid an unpleasant reaction or to spare someone’s feelings.  And you might have wondered, “Is omitting considered lying?” The short answer is yes. Granted, it’s hard to tell the whole truth if you know it will change the outcome …

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Not all lies involve saying things that aren’t true. Sometimes you might omit specific details to avoid an unpleasant reaction or to spare someone’s feelings.  And you might have wondered, “Is omitting considered lying?” The short answer is yes. Granted, it’s hard to tell the whole truth if you know it will change the outcome …

Read MoreLying By Omission: What It Is And Why It Sabotages Relationships

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