We’re all busy right? Crazy busy. I know. There’s no time for anything anymore. It’s insane. And while I could bang on about technology and long hours and over-scheduling, the thing about “crazy busy” that really does my head in, is the lack of “brain space”.
I quit my corporate gig earlier this year. There were lots of reasons I did this but the brain space thing was a big one. My head was so filled up with to-do lists and the minutia of different client deals, I seemed to lose myself. I’d been eclipsed.
The thing that killed me the most was that I couldn’t think clearly anymore, couldn’t make decisions. I was too rushed. Too overloaded. Paralysed. Without reflection and time to really mull things, my thoughts were muddled and mashed. I realised I needed time to float around in my own head for a bit. To have space, to have silence, to more deeply process my world.
So I shook things up and these days, I get lots of that. The floating in my head thing. I make it a priority. I had to completely restructure my life but damn, it worth it. It sounds strange, I know, but truly I can’t overstate enough the gifts that come from having some brain space, from carving out enough time to be in your own head and ponder the state of things.
My friends back in the corporate world don’t really get it. I don’t blame them. It’s hard to fathom the value of a bit of nothingness when your world is all about deadlines and conference calls and time sheets and billings. It sounds lazy, indulgent even.
But here’s the thing. Beyond the calm, the clarity and the confidence that comes from some brain space, beyond the time you get to work on The Big Questions – who you are; who you want to be; how you want to live your life; the legacy you want to leave – proper brain space allows for a level of consciousness and mindfulness you simply don’t get when your life is a frantic rush from the moment you wake groggy-eyed and exhausted through to the moment you collapse back into bed each night. Proper brain space paves the way for a conscious life. A life lived with intention. A life of deliberate micro-decisions made daily towards joy, compassion, connection, and whatever else might float your boat. Proper brain space puts you in the driver’s seat for choosing, and then living, the life you really want. I’ll take that any day.
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