Don’t Be Lazy!
Bonnie Tsui’s article, “You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything” explains why it’s okay to be lazy for a month if necessary. I don’t doubt that those who veg out in the sun feel rejuvenated after, or even spark creativity. But as a very busy and active person, I would like to purpose more active ways to be creative.
Ms. Tsui states one should read a book, walk in the park, or visit a museum and relax for weeks after a project at work. Tsui does not established how hard her work is but tells us that we need rest after every obstacle we face. A more active approach to spark creativity would be getting involved in arts and crafts. As a child, we would invest our time in finger painting, drawing, and building forts. At age five, 80% of our creative potential has developed. Designing something with the mind on paper or with the couch cushions, can get the creative juices flowing again.
I agree everyone needs a day off once in awhile to enjoy themselves and reconnect, but stimulating the brain by maintaining a busy schedule is beneficial for cognitive function according to The University of Texas at Dallas. Additionally, scheduled leisure time, like Tsui recommends, “feels less free-flowing and more forced-which is what robs them [test subjects] of their utility” claims Selin A. Malkoc who conducted a study on free time from Ohio State University. If free time is scheduled, there is a “dampening effect” and makes it feel like work. Instead, spontaneous one-day trips once in awhile would have a more positive effect on the mind.
Everyone doesn’t need to take a break or need the same amount of rest. For example, a construction worker, who is hardworking and on their feet all day, may feel like they need a day off after a few weeks. Those who are active are more likely to stay moving, and may not need as many days off. On the contrary, someone who is lazy may need a few days off because any amount of work is too strenuous for them.
In the future, each obstacle we encounter will stimulate our brain and prepare it for the next hurdle. Take a break when feeling drained and when completely necessary, but try a more active approach like painting. We owe it to ourselves to make the most out of our day and fallow time is wasting our time away.
The less downtime we have, the more productive we will be and the more goals we’ll achieve. The bar is set higher for younger generations as well. The “creative life” is just a fancy phrase for a lazy existence.