5 ways to do nothing and become more productive

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“Sometimes the best thing to do is: nothing.
Here’s a checklist I use for when to do nothing:

_Do nothing when you’re angry.
_Do nothing when you’re paranoid.
_Do nothing when you’re anxious.
_Do nothing when you’re tired.
_Do nothing when you want to be liked.

That’s my checklist. If I feel any of these conditions occurring — like a sniffle in the night that turns into a flu by morning — then I stop. What do I do when I stop? I do nothing. I read a book. I write. I watercolor. I take a walk. I sit and do absolutely nothing.
Think about when you’ve been happiest with your life (and if that’s not a reasonable goal then what is?). Is it during those moments when your thoughts have been frenetic and all over the place? Or has it been those moments when your thoughts have been calm – the depths of a peaceful ocean instead of a stormy surface.
It’s when we are in touch with the magic of our silence that we find our inner creators and can change the universe.”

James Altucher entrepreneur, investor and writer

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