Education & Career Trends: Boost your creativity by making space for ‘No Time’ in your routine

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Edition: September 5th, 2021
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS

According to neuroscience, taking a break from our busy schedules and devoting some time to doing absolutely nothing is key to fostering creativity. (Image Source:
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An essential element to achieving success is implementing a proper routine on a daily basis, as science and history point out. However, that’s not all.

Although your daily routine may be healthy and productive, it can also be hectic and kill creativity.

Many successful people have dedicated a large part of their lives to ‘NO TIME‘.

Steven Kotler, author, journalist and entrepreneur, points out that ‘no time’ has to do with a quiet moment in which a person can isolate himself/herself from the noise and demands of the world.

In order to have a beneficial and satisfying life, it is advisable to take into account: Gratitude practices, nature walks, connecting with one’s self; and ‘no time’.

You don’t have enough time for ‘no time’ in your schedule

“The ‘no time’ is the term for that vast stretch of emptiness between 4 am (when I start my morning writing session) and 7:30 am (when the rest of the world wakes up). This ‘no time’ is a total darkness that does not belong to anyone but me. The urgent concerns of the day have not yet arrived, so there is time for that supreme luxury: patience.

Steven Kotler, author and TED speaker

Kotler says that neuroscience shows that disconnection time blocks have a large influence on creativity.

He adds: “The pressure forces the brain to focus on the details, activating the left hemisphere and blocking the whole picture. Worse yet, when we are pressured, we are often stressed. We are unhappy with the rush, which embitters our mood and further restricts our focus. Being limited in time, then, can be kryptonite for creativity.”

In other words, ‘no time’ helps us relax enough to see the big picture and allow innovative ideas to come to light.

The hustle and bustle brought on by everyday life, even your well-intentioned morning yoga class, can chase away the nascent, emerging thoughts.

Steve Jobs &Albert Einstein agree on ‘no time’

Many successful figures have also understood the same truth. Albert Einstein accepted that often the most valuable ideas occurred to him while doing nothing and enjoying his own ‘no time’. Steve Jobs was also of the similar view.

“The time Steve Jobs pondered the possibilities was time well spent letting more divergent ideas emerge”

Wharton professor Adam Grant told Business Insider while talking about Jobs’ long periods of aimless inactivity. 

It is worth mentioning that both geniuses — Einstein and Jobs — managed to do a great job of putting their ideas into practice.

When you’re planning the perfect morning routine, it’s easy not to give ‘no time’ the attention it deserves. But you should always include it in your everyday life.

You will see a change in the way you think and create, and achieve a more successful version of yourself.

(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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