Time & Productivity #4

The Power of Emptiness

The power of emptiness cannot be understated - it is the only real time in our lives when we can connect to who we truly are.

Every day is packed with more. We need more money, more time, more success, more accomplishment, more learning, more strategies, more help, and more of just about anything you can think of. Your mind never gets a rest, and it’s always in fight or flight mode, or it’s juggling a hundred things at once.

Your time of emptiness is the time where you mind gets to put all of this to the side for a moment and simply exist. Scientifically, it’s the #1 way to recharge to stay focused for tomorrow, and it’s the only real way to break through innovative challenges that require a truly “out of the box” idea.

Emptiness is not a time for thinking or planning - it’s quite the opposite. It’s the time when we truly let go and simply exist as we are in our natural state. It’s the greatest gift we can give to ourselves, and it also powerfully expands time by allowing full access to parts of the brain that are completely shut down during times of stress. The only requirement is that you must let go of doing everything, and simply let the brain do what it was evolved to do.

We crowdsourced some amazing ideas to get into states of emptiness in the hopes that they inspire you to schedule in your empty time during the week. Here are some of our favorites from our Good Startups Grads and Team:

  1. Time out of the office in nature or in group solitude

  2. Group retreats to a quiet and peaceful paradise

  3. Glass blowing, calligraphy writing, painting - or other personal craft that easily gets you into the state of flow

  4. Nap room with calming music

  5. Massage

  6. Meditation or mindful breathing

  7. Long shower or hot bath

  8. Running or light exercising

  9. Lay in bed and simply watch thoughts as they pass by without getting caught up in a particular stream of ideas

  10. Listen to calming music

  11. Stretch

  12. Hiking

  13. Swimming or go to the beach

  14. Watching a candle flame or fireplace

  15. Yoga practice

 

Do any of these activity categories call to you? Try one this week and see how it makes you feel. You might just find that the solution you were looking for has been inside of you all along - you just had to get out of your own way and let it through.

Synchronicity Expands Time

Hello Everyone,

Today we're talking about how synchronicity can expand our time.

Often times as entrepreneurs and leaders, we think that every single day we need to be rushing around, doing things, getting things done, and that that's the way that we're going to be able to accomplish all our goals. Things like recruiting team members and building strategic partnerships with organizations that can help your company take a big leap forward.

One thing I want to offer you is that sometimes the best ways to be able to move your company forward is to actually do nothing, and to take time for yourself away from the day-to-day work items. 

As an example of this, in our company, I met all three of our senior leaders while I was journeying across the world to places like Bhutan, Peru, and Brazil. Never in a million years had I considered that I would be doing business in places like Bhutan, yet when I was there I met a top venture capitalist who's one of our dear friends and an amazing partner in our company today.

When I was in Peru, we were looking to hire a new team member, and out of nowhere I met a former executive from NBC named Tim, who's now part of our senior management team. 

All of this is to say that when we take time away from the business of work, we often make huge leaps forward on critical business areas like fundraising, strategic partnerships, and team recruitment. Today we invite you to let synchronicity do it's work for you.

Cheers - Justin

Expand Your Time by Experiencing Nature

It turns out that frequent experiences of one particular emotion - awe - can slow down our perception of time and allow us to think faster and more clearly. It may sound like sorcery, but it’s science. I’d love to tell you all about it, because my previous lab at UC Berkeley was the group who conducted all of the breakthrough experiments on the science of awe - but there’s an amazing Washington Times article that does it even better justice.

Check it out here, and get out into nature