The Benefits of Scheduling Nothing in Your Calendar

Image of an empty calendar entryAre you looking to be more productive in your daily affairs?

Get ready, I’m going to suggest a somewhat counter-intuitive concept.

Here goes….schedule nothing in your calendar.

Yep, that’s right: zero, zilch, nada, nothing!

In this post I’ll describe just a few of the benefits that come with scheduling nothing in your calendar. To be clear, this “scheduling of nothing” means just that…no work, no play, no pre-meditated plans other than having a blank in your calendar.

You receive a much-needed break.

Ever feel as if you never have time for yourself or feel worn-out and tired? It’s extremely difficult to keep working or playing for extended periods of time, be it for five hours or five months.

When you schedule nothing in your calendar, you ultimately give yourself permission to stop and take a break. That’s right, this is your life. Why run around ragged and exhausted all the time when you can be rested and refreshed?

Chances are you probably can benefit a great deal from taking some time off from whatever it is you are doing. You’ll have one less thing in your calendar to worry about getting to on time or making sure you have everything you need.

You get to take in a bird’s eye view of your life.

The glory of scheduling nothing in your calendar is that gives you the time to reflect on what you are doing the rest of the time. Do you ever wonder how you spend your days? Unsure as to what you are doing on a daily basis is actually in line with your immediate goals and dreams?

Having a bunch of nothing on your hands allows you to view the rest of your life objectively. At the very least, you’ll get a refresher as to what is important to you, and what isn’t.

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You get to exercise spontaneity and creative thought.

Have you been longing for a bit more fun, spontaneity, creativity and excitement in your life? Yep, once again we come back to the grand value of nothing. Having nothing planned in your schedule can mix things up!

Why not grasp at the chance to be spontaneous and creative? If you want to take a nap, take a nap. If you want to go out for a walk in the park with your spouse, do it. If you want to go to the movies, construct your very own scale model trebuchet, write in your journal, go to the day spa, fiddle around on your Pinterest boards or just sit quietly and take in the moment, well, the choice is completely yours.

How about you? Will you give yourself permission to schedule nothing in your calendar? How do you think you’ll benefit from doing so? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.
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