Many times we will get more ideas and better ideas in two hours of creative loafing than in eight hours at a desk. – Wilfred Peterson –
Loafing, just doing nothing for a while. Putting your thoughts on hold, or simply letting things take their course.
In the encyclopaedia, there are various meanings for loafing.
For example, ‘to waste one’s time without doing anything proper; to loaf’.
Other meanings include ‘twiddling one’s thumbs’, fooling around, idling, daydreaming and loitering.
But while doing these things, you are actually doing something. You are relaxing, resting, taking a moment for yourself, sorting things out. Reflecting on the questions you have for yourself. What you want most in life. Creating a moment to let new creative ideas come to you. And maybe even find your pupose or your Ikigai! It is a proven fact that lounging makes you function better.
It is not always easy to do ‘nothing’ for a while, I find that hard too. Because you are always busy with things that need to happen. Yet it is important to do this. To step aside from our busy lives every now and then. To leave the to-do lists for what they are. It also prevents the risk of burnout.
Who knows, maybe you’ll get that great inspiration during your next loafing session. I recommend you give it a try.