Designers and visual artists know that deliberate white space can make or break a piece. I’d like to contend that deliberate white space in one’s schedule can make or break productivity too.
Deliberately increasing white space in our schedule by giving ourselves obligation-free time can be both restorative and productive. It allows time for insights and words to crop up; it generates plans, paintings in progress, or service descriptions in the form of journal entries. It creates flexibility and flow.
In the frenzy surrounding our goals and to-dos, it’s easy to forget that sometimes we just need to sit still and let things gel.
On the flip side, taking the plans, the works in progress, and the journal entries to firm them up into something tangible is just as important. At this point, it’s time to reduce white space in our schedule.
My intuition is usually pretty good at telling me when I’ve been sitting too long and it’s time to get back to work. I’d wager that yours is, too.
Choosing to reduce white space in a schedule can be just as important as increasing it.
How do you create more white space in your schedule? How do you know when it’s time to reduce it and get moving?