The world is loud and busy. There isn’t enough time in each day for the things that need to be done, never mind adding elusive concepts like ‘spending quiet time’ to the mix. And I know what you’re thinking ….I don’t have time for quiet time! What on earth could I gain by taking some quiet time?
Years of research by specialists in the field tell us that our bodies and minds can only go ‘full steam ahead’ for a certain amount of time. If you keep pushing 8 (9, 10, 11…) hours a day, the increase in time does not necessarily correlate to increased productivity. It does, however, correlate to increased stress levels, higher irritation, poor judgement and decision making and having to re-do and repair previous work, which leads to… you guessed it, more stress!
So this is a plea from Sensory Intelligence Consulting – find a quiet space and spend some time alone, because it actually saves time. Like many things in life, it’s about quality, not quantity. Spending an hour of quiet time a week can save time later in the week. By taking time out of your busy life, you ensure that you are fully present when you re-engage. This means your family gets to spend better quality time with you, you are more productive at work and you get things done faster because you are less stressed.
So what do we mean by quiet time?
Quiet time looks different for everyone. The only criteria is that it’s a space with the least amount of stimulation (be that children, spouses, work, cellphone, traffic etc.) where you can just be and do nothing for a while. ‘Doing nothing’ might include sipping on a cup of tea in your garden, curling up on your couch on a rainy day, or simply finding a moment to sit uninterrupted in your car before the day starts.
Although you can define your own ‘quiet time’ and create your own ‘quiet space’, here are a few recommendations:
- Remove tech! No phones, laptops, iPods etc. in your quiet space.
- This is a solitary activity. No partners or children around. In fact, negotiate with your partner to take care of the children for your quiet time, which means they get alone-time with the children and you can swop when your partner needs his/her quiet time.
- It works best if there is a routine to it, for instance deciding that one hour every Saturday morning is yours. Or wake up 30 minutes earlier to spend some time alone before the day starts.
- Make it a priority. If you don’t carve out some quiet time and protect it, it will never happen.
We challenge you this week to take some quiet time and just see what you feel like afterwards. We guarantee it will make a difference in the quality of your life!
Karlien and the Sensory Intelligence Consulting Team