According to neuroscience, taking a break from our busy schedules and devoting some time to doing absolutely nothing is key to fostering creativity.
From Entrepreneur Europe
An essential element to achieving success is implementing a proper routine on a daily basis, as science and history point out. Although your daily routine might be healthy and productive, it can also be hectic and kill creativity, an article in Inc magazine notes.
The magazine also points out that many successful people have dedicated a large part of their lives to “no time.” Steven Kotler, author of the book “The Art of the Impossible” and a TED speaker, pointed out that “no time” has to do with a quiet moment in which a person can isolate himself, herself or themselves from the noise and demands of the world.
It’s no wonder that the internet is full of articles related to the morning routines of important and famous figures, giving suggestions on how to add positive activities to your day-to-day life.
In order to have a beneficial and satisfying life, it is advisable to take into account gratitude practices, nature walks and connection with oneself, since they are backed by research that confirms that all these activities are good for people. Likewise, science indicates that “no time” is much needed in such a routine, because if you spend most of your day with all of these existing habits, it is unlikely you will have time for yourself.
“No time” is also known as “a quiet time, alone, isolated from the noise and demands of the world,” as Kotler describes.
“The ‘no time’ is the term for that vast stretch of emptiness between 4 am (when I start my morning writing session) and 7:30 am (when the rest of the world wakes up). This ‘no time’ is a total darkness that does not belong to anyone but me,” he writes. “The urgent concerns of the day have not yet arrived, so there is time for that supreme luxury: patience. If a phrase takes two hours to get right, who cares?”
Kotler says that neuroscience shows that disconnection time blocks have a large influence on creativity.
“The pressure forces the brain to focus on the details, activating the left hemisphere and blocking the whole picture. Worse yet, when we are pressured, we are often stressed. We are unhappy with the rush, which embitters our mood and further restricts our focus. Being limited in time, then, can be kryptonite for creativity,” he explains.
In other words, “no time” helps us relax enough to see the big picture and allow innovative ideas to come to light. The hustle and bustle brought on by everyday life, even your well-intentioned morning yoga class, can chase away the timid and ungainly ideas of emerging thoughts.
Despite the fact that Kotler considers himself an expert on the neuroscience of creativity, many successful figures have also understood the same truth. Albert Einstein accepted that many times the most valuable ideas occurred to him while doing nothing and enjoying his own “no time.” Steve Jobs was also a “famous bum.”
“The time Steve Jobs procrastinated and pondered the possibilities was time well spent letting more divergent ideas emerge,” Wharton professor Adam Grant once told Business Insider of Jobs’ long periods of aimless inactivity.
It is worth mentioning that both geniuses — Einstein and Jobs — managed to do a great job of putting their ideas into practice.
Not only is “no time” enough to be able to change the world, it is an essential ingredient and a part of the whole. When you’re planning the perfect morning routine, it’s easy not to give “no time” the attention it deserves, but you should definitely always include it in your everyday life. You will see a change in the way you think and create, and achieve a more successful version of yourself.