I tried an experiment this weekend: doing nothing. My time management guru, Mark Forster, wrote an article titled, “In Praise of Doing Nothing,” which I took to heart. I’m working hard on a book on sustaining leadership, and I had taken a satisfying but slightly grueling trip to a conference in Vancouver, BC. The next day, I did a few things and realized how tired I was. This was supposed to be a day “off,” but I still had a long list of things to do. I dumped a few items on relatively willing family members and postponed the rest. The next day I jumped out of bed ready to get back to the book and the still-lengthy to-do list. Mark Forster suggests, “A whole day spent deliberately doing nothing can be a wonderfully re-charging experience.” I agree.
Doing nothing is a spiritual exercise, too. How indispensable are we, really? Can we begin to learn that God can manage the world without us? Try it: one day a year of doing nothing won’t kill you, and you may be surprised at the effect.