Beyond doing something for the sake of doing something...

Nov 25, 2010 8:33:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

We often live very fast paced and busy lifestyles, always going to work/ school, catching up with friends, running that odd errand here and there. Sometimes doing things back-to-back and neglecting sleep. It just seems expected of us.

We are always making choices, sometimes very simple other times, quite more difficult. From the simple choices about what we want to eat, where we want to go, how we undertake that piece of work, should we be reading this blog or not, etc., to the difficult decisions about whether to accept this job offer, propose, etc.

Yet amongst all these choices, where we can find ourselves stuck for choice, as we often focus on needing to doing this and that - doing something. Yet in reality, even though we each live busy lives sometimes we whether we realise it or not we can stop and actually do nothing, if we want to...

Just as you often would do with your emails. Because if you think about it, when someone sends you an email, you may briefly skim (read) over it and then you decide how you'd like to act. You can choose to reply, reply to all, forward, delete, flag, or as simply do nothing. Sometimes do this subsciously without even realising it, or even just because we forget as we want to read all new mail and then it simply gets lost in the mass of emails we have.

So when you reach a moment when you need to make a conscious decision about something, what you may find is that stopping and doing nothing may be the better choice in that situation. As inaction may be the better course of action, then doing something for the sake of doing something (as our general habitual feeling may be to do so).

While I'm not saying that doing nothing is always the best course of action, it is something good to keep in mind as another option (choice) when you need to make a conscious decision...

Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC @pymetrics . ex-@Forrester consultant. Tweeting on #cloud, #cybersecurity, #equality and #tech tinkering!

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