Leaving Things Undone
The art of leaving things undone is not about being flaky or irresponsible. It’s about taking intentional time, to reacquaint ourselves with our being-ness – learning to see the world through fresh eyes again, regaining our sanity, joy and hope.
Leaving things undone, or unfinished, for an hour, a day, or just turning something in when it’s “good enough” creates cognitive calmness. There is a difference between quitting and learning to rest.
Taking a break
- Boosts your creativity
- Recalibrates your priorities
- Prevents burnout
- Models self-compassion
- Integrates work and rest
Pro Tips & Resources
Consciously unplug for a while. Text messaging creates a sense of urgency, email feels less urgent but how quickly will you respond? Build in a pause for yourself.
- Turn off notifications on your phone for windows of time to reduce mental interruptions. Airplane mode or reduced message notifications from ‘favorites’ only on your cell phone
- Add a line to your email: To support my well-being and ability to do my best work, I only check email once or twice a day, and only on weekdays. Your messages matter to me and I do my best to respond within 2 business days. For more urgent matters, please text me at…
The Importance of Living by Lin YutangTinker
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