The Blessings of Having Nothing to Do

When there is nothing to do is the perfect time to give thanks for what we have.

Whenever I have nothing to do, I always try to quickly find something with which to fill my time. For example,  when I am standing in line at store, I am unable to stay still and I grab my phone to check my email, read the news or go on social media. This is because I am not comfortable being alone with my thoughts.

Recently I have been fighting my addiction to my phone while trying to make better use of my time. I for example no longer take my phone with me when I go get coffee or when I go to a meeting. Easy access to my phone can lead to anti-social behaviours rather than use the time to talk to someone new, for example. I am also assigning specific times that I check my phone or go on social media, activities that Cal Newport calls “shallow activities” in his book Deep Work.

Our heads are filled with thoughts running through our brains. Thus, a few minutes with nothing to do is the perfect time to pause and think about everything we have. For instance give thanks for your good health, your family and your job. Instead of filling our minds with thoughts about our next job, an upcoming project or vacation, fill your mind with gratitude and be thankful for all your blessings.

We should take time every day to align ourselves vertically. To be grounded is to be connected with the Creator of the universe. Taking a few seconds each day to put our lives into perspective helps us be grounded and go about our days more effectively. This allows you to give importance to things that are truly important.

In order to make the most out of our waking hours, I suggest you stop competing with time. Instead “slow down and move deliberately”. A lot has been written recently about mindfulness and living life on a moment by moment basis. A children’s book on mindfulness says, “True happiness comes from bringing all your attention to whatever you are doing right now… Mind-full = when your mind is full of the present.”