The last few weeks of isolation have been not only productive and (surprisingly) very successful, but also nerve-wracking and quite overwhelming.
The whole virus thing aside, working from home requires so much more focus! Conference calls, interviews, kids/pets/partners, dishwasher waiting to be loaded for the third time in a day and, on top of that, pressures of having to make your own bread from scratch and try all the workouts from YouTube!
This article says "the busier you are, the more you need quiet time" and I could not agree more! Uninterrupted silence (and I don't mean scrolling through your LinkedIn feed in silence) is a luxury and a necessity these days and it requires a lot of commitment, but it might be one of the very few ways to restore the nervous system, sustain energy, and condition our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead.
cultivating silence isn’t just about getting respite from the distractions of office chatter or tweets. Real sustained silence, the kind that facilitates clear and creative thinking, quiets inner chatter as well as outer. This kind of silence is about resting the mental reflexes that habitually protect a reputation or promote a point of view. It’s about taking a temporary break from one of life’s most basic responsibilities: Having to think of what to say.