Take time to get nothing done.

If you’re anything like me you likely have a never-ending to-do list. Any “free” time is quickly filled with all of the things in life that I have been neglecting. I recently noticed how much stress this adds to my life. The stairs off the patio that still aren’t finished, that piece of trim in the bathroom I need to put on the door, the blog article I should be writing, the list goes on…

It is because of this that I feel like more people need to take time to get nothing done. I mean really get nothing done, and not just for an hour or two. Constantly being busy can drain your mental bandwidth and lower your motivation. There is nothing better to help get that motivation back than boredom. There is nothing more motivating that carving out a few days to sit around and do nothing.


Think about it, how do you feel after being quarantined sick in the house for a few days. I know that the second I start to feel better I am very motivated to get out there and accomplish things. I want to get back to being productive, as sitting around for too long makes me stir crazy and that’s a good thing. Sometimes when you have been burning the candle at both ends it’s important to sit around and stoke the fire again.

So to everyone out there who is feeling tired and unmotivated I encourage you to embrace it. Kick your feet up, sit back, and relax. I know I’m always way more productive after a period of relaxation, I encourage you to try it yourself. Just make sure you don’t fall into a permanent state of not getting anything done unless of course you’re already FI and doing nothing is what you’re passionate about. In that case, you do you!

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About the Author: The Accountant

The accountant spent most of his career in public practice until recently when he took a job with a local company as their in house accountant. As a kid he was always a saver and was constantly trying to come up with new ways to make money.


  1. Great article, being constantly busy is like being on a treadmill that you cannot get off. I totally get that as I am rather inclined to this bad habit, I sometimes feel I just don’t know how to relax.
    In particular, I have just gone through the scenario you present and it was actually sheer physical exhaustion that caused me to totally veg out for three days.
    I have just helped a friend, set up a a very large empty 3 bedroom top of house for vacation rental. Although procurement and organization was my area of expertise, I had plenty of physical stuff to do too.
    I sourced 90% of the stuff used, then IKEA for the rest. I had amazing finds on all the furniture, bedside lamps and elegant mirrors at a hotel liquidators. I scooped some really beautiful well made wood pieces that came from Four Seasons etc. Also, Charity shops were a goldmine for kitchen utensils, and rich with finds on pictures to decorate walls. Craigslist was not a great source for this project, although I did get one stunning set of accent tables, for the living room from that site.
    In the meantime all my personal to do’ stuff piled up ’ at home. Miraculously after my three day forced rest, I am back at it with renewed vigour!! …hahaaa and yes….I am retired!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I love that you were able to source all of that stuff used, it’s amazing the stuff you can find used and the better prices you can get.

      Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you still can’t get the benefits of taking some time to recharge your batteries! Everyone I know has a to-do list no matter if they have to go to a 9-5 or not.

  2. I struggle with this myself.

    It’s not necessarily a long “do-to” list that haunts me. It’s the feeling that if I’m not constantly learning (inputting knowledge into my brain via books, podcasts or documentaries) or creating something (music, writing, tinkering with spreadsheets and numbers) then I’m wasting my time. My one shot at life.

    A couple times a week I have to hit the brakes and remind myself that it’s OK to sit in my living room sipping coffee in complete silence. That it’s OK to walk to work without my headphones on, simply listening to the sounds around me. That it’s OK to cook supper, or do the dishes, without Neil deGrasse Tyson making me ponder about the wonders of the cosmos, or Tim Ferris teaching me ways to improve and challenge myself haha.

    It’s a tough lesson to learn, and a tough practice to get down.

    1. I think its an ongoing struggle but it’s important to realize how draining always being “on” can be. I still struggle with it all the time but I always feel more energized and ready to go after I take some time to myself.

      I recently took the time to read a fiction book rather than a finance book for the first time in years. I had forgotten how enjoyable it can be to just read for pleasure.

      It’s a tough practice, but I think its an important one. Hopefully it gets easier for us with more practice!

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