All Work And No Play Makes Josh A Dull Boy
I’ll often find myself go go go going. With the desire to pursue so much — music, writing, design, connecting, development, dancing etc — I️ tend to push myself to the absolute margins.
But I️ don’t like that, I️ don’t think it’s healthy. When one domino falls, they all fall. Without giving your mind a respite from action, your energy and output will suffer.
All work and no play makes us into zombie machines, moving from one task to the next without actually enjoying what we’re doing (or even doing It well).
One potential solution is scheduling time for negative space.
In architecture, negative space is the space between the space. In our case, negative space could be a block of time devoted to nothing. No tv, no social media, no email, no /thinking/ about email. Just 15+ minutes of you, yourself and a sprinkle of you.
For some of you, that might terrify you.
I’m a strong proponent of if something scares you (and It won’t hurt you) you should do It. Why do you fear being alone with yourself? Perhaps you don’t like who you are... If that’s the case, negative space is a great way to reinvent yourself into who you want to be.
Negative space is a mental breath — a deep inhale and exhale — of our worries, concerns and break-neck speed life. When architects design buildings, you could argue the negative spaces are just as important as the buildings themselves. The negative space is where the magic happens. The connections, the creativity, and ideas that will infuse into when we are on the move, taking action.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner