Quiet Time Can Make You More Productive

American author Ta-Nehisi Coates, in an interview recently, called for serious thinkers and writers to get off Twitter. Coates wasn’t criticising the social media platform, but he was making an appeal to get beyond the noise. He believes that in order generate good ideas and quality work products one needs to find time for “Quiet” – rare in this Age of Information overload.

Author JK Rowling, psychiatrist Carl Jung, academic Bill George, and investor Ray Dalio are known for having a disciplined flow of information and “structured periods of quiet” as part of their success mantra.Several new studies have also confirmed that taking time out to be quiet helps restore the nervous system, replenish our energy reserves and condition the mind to be more conducive and reciprocate to complex environments in which we work and live.

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A recent study at the Duke Medical School, USA found an association between silence and the development of new cells in the hippocampus – the brain’s key learning and memory region. Also physician Luciano Bernardi discovered that two-minutes of silence between musical pieces was more stabilizing for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems than music categorized as “relaxing.”

However, quiet does not necessarily mean that we shut ourselves from chatter or tweets. Real sustained silence, which promotes clear and creative thinking, helps hush our internal voice as well. Such quiet means we need to create tranquillity in our mind.To achieve this state, our mind needs take occasional recesses from even the most basic functions like thinking about what to eat.

Being fixated with the “next” agenda — what to say next, what to write next, what to tweet next — we could miss the “Next Big Thing”.

Finding “real quiet time” can be a tough in today’s Information Age – where smartphones and the internet have made its flow constant, uninterrupted and real-time.

But it is not impossible, here are some ideas that you can use to find your “quiet time”:1) 2-Minute “Quiet Breaks” Between Meetings: If your day is marked by an endless series of meetings, scheduled weeks in advance. Find time to take a pause, shut your office or lock yourself in the washroom for just 2 minutes to quiet your mind. You will notice that you will be far more mindful and fresh at each of the following meetings. And the best part is no one will mind this two-minute breather.2) Nature retreat: Take a couple of hours out of work or in the mornings, to take a short retreat in the lap of nature. Find an isolated park or mountain road and immerse yourself in nature. Forget about your meetings, phone and other distractions and just soak in the quiet of nature. Just 2 or 3 hours in the complete silence, and you will emerge with grand ideas and an improved thinking capacity.3) Mind Detox: Turn off your phone, your internet connection and television for a day or even two, you will notice your brain is far more quiet without this information overload and unending work obligations. You will feel far more energetic and tranquil if you occasionally go on this mind detox.

Finding quiet can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. You can further understand the power of silence with our Mindfulness programme.

To harness the power of quiet, contact Magnum Opus at info@magnumopusindia.com or call us at 011-42676768.

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