It’s one I see regularly in my coaching. So for example, I talked recently to someone running on empty with disrupted sleep. One morning, they decided to have a lie in rather than getting up. Nothing major, just an extra hour or so in bed to recharge the batteries.
But what actually happened was that they spent all that time running through all the things they should be doing and the bed became a pit of guilt and worry. And so it was time wasted, and to me, the worst of both worlds.
They weren’t doing the jobs they wanted to get done. Even if they’d got up feeling lousy and cracked on, they would have achieved more done than being in bed (not much admittedly, but something).
They were no further forward with the to-do list AND they empowered the Voice of Guilt and Shame (which always makes everything harder).
And they didn’t get the real benefit of that extra time in bed, relaxing and recharging, so they could get back to nailing stuff.
Instead, they could have tried a new way. Practiced saying:“Ok, I’m tired and want to take some time out. An extra hour in bed will help me and I can make the time to make it happen. So that’s what I’m doing – I’m going to enjoy it and really make it count.”
See, not that hard! Go on, give it a try. See if you can learn the Art of Doing Nothing.