Finding your whitespace

When was the last time you allowed yourself to be bored and let your mind wander? These days, there are so many tools available to distract us, chances are it was a long time ago.

Think about a typical day. If you’re not working or actively ‘doing’ something, what are you doing? We’ll admit it, we tend to be on our phones scrolling through social media or watching the latest binge-worthy show on Netflix.

Now, we’re not saying you shouldn’t be doing these things, but something many of us are lacking in life is a little whitespace. This is the space where our minds are able to process, wander and get creative.

This could be why so many of us struggle to sleep. We’re constantly keeping our minds switched on with the Internet, TV, even reading, and so when we fall into bed, our mind jumps into action… “Great, now I can process your day”. Cue a barrage of pent-up thoughts that will keep you awake long after your head hits the pillow.

If this sounds familiar, take a look below for some ideas on finding your whitespace.

Plan it in

Yep, we’re suggesting you make a plan to do nothing! It may sound silly, but sometimes this is the only way these things get done. Why not plan yourself a self-care evening once a week and tell yourself you’ll spend at least some of that time joyfully doing nothing.

Put your phone down

You’re standing in line at a cafe, waiting for a bus or killing time before meeting a friend – what do you do? Scroll on your favourite social media platform perhaps? Instead of looking at your phone during these times, try and just be present. People watch. Think.

This is an easy way to introduce a little whitespace into your day with minimum effort – the hardest part is breaking the habit of automatically reaching for your phone!

Have fun with it

Think about how you can make this whitespace time enjoyable. Light a candle, listen to some music or take the time to doodle. Why not put pen to paper and write what’s on your mind? Inject a little fun and allow yourself to just play.

Having more whitespace will not only allow your thoughts a little breathing room, it’ll give you space to think more creatively and be more productive. Looking for support with creativity? Use our search tool to find a creativity coach today.

If you want to get more done, make sure you do a little nothing.

Article updated 28th May 2024

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Written by Kat Nicholls
Kat is a Senior Writer for Life Coach Directory and Happiful magazine.
Written by Kat Nicholls
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