The Art of idling!

I have fond memories of my BSc days. From the pressure cooker situation of 12th standard, we found ourselves suddenly having a lot of time in hand. A LOT of it

Thankfully, cable tv was at its infancy and there was no internet. So I had the most creative and productive years of my life .. until I did my MSc and found myself back in the pressure cooker.

For those 3 years, the one thing I did a lot was .., nothing! I took long walks and sat in my college ground thinking about life in general, god, reglion, astronomy etc.

Those were some  of the best year of my life.

Cut to the present,  that is the one thing I miss in my life the most. I have no time for doing nothing.

Thankfully travelling offers me a chance  to do that. As I dont have a smartphone. I can sit doing nothing in airports and that is when the ideas come knocking.

The reason I wrote this post is to ask if it is is possible for us to 'do nothing' for 30 minutes a day, if not an hour?

Can we manage an hour a day in the weekends?

No distractions of any kind. Thiry minutes of alone time.

I am going to give it a shot. I am sure it will helpe me de-stress and recharge.

Here are some articles on doing nothing:

http://goo.gl/JvUctx

http://goo.gl/bClvHC

http://knowledge.insead.edu/talent-management/the-importance-of-doing-nothing-3422

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/18/business/pico-iyer-virtue-nothing/

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20 thoughts on “The Art of idling!

  1. Ravindran Raman

    Yes , those were the days without Channel TV , Mobile Phone and Internet.Hence lot of personal time for doing Nothing- 1970-72 B.Sc- A lot of doing nothing and incidentally also doing B.Sc I wish I had learnt Sanskrit, Carnatic Music and......Frankly I am getting back to my 70-72 Nothing days -and realising its potential-Personal Financial Calculators is grabbing a lot of these Nothing days-Thanks

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  2. Ravindran Raman

    Yes , those were the days without Channel TV , Mobile Phone and Internet.Hence lot of personal time for doing Nothing- 1970-72 B.Sc- A lot of doing nothing and incidentally also doing B.Sc I wish I had learnt Sanskrit, Carnatic Music and......Frankly I am getting back to my 70-72 Nothing days -and realising its potential-Personal Financial Calculators is grabbing a lot of these Nothing days-Thanks

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  3. sundararajan

    I am not sure idle time or alone time. I am alone (being my family in India) for last 3 1/2 years, it is not the best time of my life, especially weekends. It will take forever for the weekends to get over. I have to kill time , freefincal, other blogs, lots of tv (English / Tamil), radio etc. Yes, at times, I enjoy being alone, but not for most. But my wife in India longs for exactly opposite, India life is always hectic, busy esp with 2 kids and mother. Who knows, I may long for the alone time once I move to India, but for now, it is the longest day / night I ever had.
    BTW, I remember my B.Sc days, wow wonderful days (except the college - I didn't like that college since I had to travel away from the city), but after college , it was lots of fun. Yes, no cable tv, wait, no tv at the beginning, then portable b/w tv, watching cricket, and power cut esp at the last minute / last over...tension...wow good old days, used to be mad when India lost...

    Thanks for not only en lighting us on finance , but also give us a chance to remember our old days.

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  4. manish

    Again one more article other than finance covering area of emotional pillar of our life! Keep writing!! Thank you!!!

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  5. Anish Mohan

    Dear Pattu-Sir, I always crave for such a time, except when my wife would howl at me for not looking at the kid's homework or getting vegetables from the market... But yeah.. those were those days where you would just idle around the campus doing nothing... and yet spend a lot of time thinking about literature , read about Marx, listen to your friend's debate on communism and dream of a social revolution... Sometimes I laugh at me to think of those days...

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