Niksen: The Art of Doing Nothing
Improve Productivity by Doing Nothing
When you’re in a leadership role, you have a lot on your mind. You have to be thinking about your organization, all the decisions you need to make, managing those who are under you, and making sure that they are in tune with the overall vision. It’s go, go, go, go!
Too often, however, we get caught up in the idea that constantly being on the go, and constantly being busy, is a sign of getting things done. We have conflated “busy” with “productive.” As more and more studies are done regarding the way the human mind works, and how productivity works, we have come to find out that generations before us (and many cultural groups outside of westernized countries), are more product, happier, and they don’t work nearly as hard.
How does that work? It’s what the Dutch call the practice of Niksen. A term which quite literally means, to do nothing.
The Art of Doing Nothing
Many of us know that we should have some down time during the day. Often it’s a few minutes spent with coffee in one hand, and a phone in the other. We then wonder why we can’t relax or get away from our work obligations.
Sometimes we try to have our downtime in the evening. We have family running around, the ideas from the day buzzing through our minds, and we’re trying to tidy up the kitchen all at the same time. We get irritated when we can’t calm our minds for bed.
The idea of Niksen means to get rid of every distraction, every goal, every “keep your hands busy” type thing, and just do absolutely nothing. When you get the hang of it, the results are quite impressive.
Better Creativity – Slowing our minds, at least once a day, allows the brain to form new pathways and make connections we didn’t see before. Often this happens subconsciously when we don’t even realize it’s going on.
Stress Buster – When you force yourself to slow down, you force yourself to put things into perspective. All of those issues that were making you anxious aren’t really issues anymore. You can melt away stress easily.
Improved Immune System – Your health is all connected. Your mental health affects your physical health. Taking regular time to slow down and relax leads to better physical health.
When you’re slowing down, you don’t have to carve hours out of your day to sit and do nothing.
Getting Started in your Niksen Journey
If you’re a go-getter, you know how difficult it is to turn it all off. It won’t come naturally, but it will get easier. Plan for just 5 minutes each day, you can always increase this time later. Keep a pen and paper nearby for the first few times, if you’re overwhelmed with things to do, then jot them down and visit them later.
Find a comfortable chair, remove distractions (put the phone somewhere else), and put both feet on the floor. Focus on your breathing in, and breathing out. Let any, and all thoughts wash through you, but don’t dwell on any given one. Your body will fall into a natural rhythm. When you find it, you can now find it again easier the next time.
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