WHY DOING NOTHING LEADS TO EVERYTHING. What the Italian way of life can teach us.

Running from place to place and endless to-do lists are a form of status- am I right? I’m so busy because I’m just so important. We pride ourselves on being busy. We believe when we appear busy we’re successful; obviously. We all want to do more with what time we have, but there’s a big difference between being a workaholic versus a high performer.

Here’s five ways the busyness mindset can get us in trouble.

  1. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to think. This is a no brainer. We must have the ability to think unencumbered without all those distractions to focus on what matters.

  2. When you’re busy, you don’t prioritize the right things. When we’re too busy, everything seems like it needs to be done. It doesn’t. When you identify what matters versus what can wait, you become efficient with your time: priorities, priorities, priories.

  3. When you’re busy, you forget to invest in yourself. You are the most important company you’ll ever work for. Let me say that again- You are the company; it all starts with you. In order to keep growing and expanding, it’s imperative that YOU invest in YOU.

  4. When you’re busy, your vision gets blurry. This is your why and arguably the biggest motivator; don’t sacrifice your vision.

  5. When you’re busy, you don’t make time for doing nothing. The most successful people in the world take time to actively not do things. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner schedules blocks of time that are free periods for him to think, strategize, and refocus. If a CEO can find time- you can too.

In waltzes la dolce far niente- the sweetness of doing nothing. 

After spending the last week in Italy experiencing this first hand; I can tell you that I can easily get onboard with this concept. Yes, the self dubbed process queen and time curator is telling you to do nothing.

But here’s why.

  1. After a period of disconnection, the problem we were struggling with looks different and we might find that the solution we were looking for was there all along.

  2. Research has found that daydreaming and idleness literally makes us more creative, better at problem-solving and better at coming up with creative ideas.

  3. Brilliant ideas can came to you “out of nowhere”. Hello- Paul McCartney composed “Yesterday” when he woke up from a deep sleep.

When we take the time to stop and reflect it can be like a flashlight in the dark that illuminates the path we’re on. How will you incorporate la dolce far niente in your life and business?