Idle time is not wasted time.
It can actually be the most productive.
We’ve all experienced having great ideas while having a shower or sitting on the toilet.
Yet some people still feel guilty when they are doing “nothing”.
They think they might be lazy.
If you can let go of any feelings of guilt or judgement – either from yourself or other people – you can redirect that energy into exploring your thoughts.
More specifically, letting your unconscious mind meander.
It’s letting your awareness drift into an almost meditative state – that’s when your brain enters an alpha state.
In this state of consciousness a person is calm & able to absorb new information, becoming more resourceful & open to new possibilities.
That’s why Thomas Edison – when hired to come up with a solution or invention or just following his own curiosity – would sit in a dark, silent room holding a metal rod in his hand.
Eventually, he would start to fall asleep, at which time he would drop the rod, and the noise of it hitting the floor would wake him up.
He would use that moment to stay in an alpha state where he could be most productive.
It’s also another reason why I love to use Holosync when I meditate.
So this kind of idle time should actually be welcomed.
Even for kids.
That’s why homeschooling is so valuable; that is, when a parent doesn’t try to recreate a school classroom in the home.
Today an old school friend shared a post by someone else:
It’s a tongue-in-cheek post. They were joking.
Little do they know that the program would actually be a fantastic, fun and productive day for a homeschooled kid.
For each “task” that is written there would only take 5-15 minutes.
The child would have so much free time, or idle time.
Parents (and teachers) usually don’t recognize the intrinsic value in providing children with time to do “nothing”.
Nor do they realize that kids naturally want to learn and can teach themselves, if left to their own devices.
The homeschooling clearview addresses this directly.
So whether it’s for yourself or your child, start to seek out and welcome moments of idle time where you can let your unconscious mind meander to let your creativity flower.