Sitting still to get things done.

Written by Parker Gates
Posted March 24, 2014

There’s something about going to bed on a Saturday night knowing that all I’m going to do when I wake up is read the Sunday Times, drink really good coffee and hang out with my two favorite girls (my wife and our lab mix).

I fall asleep with a smile on my face and I sleep deeper and longer than usual.

When I wake up the day has a radically different energy if I don’t hit the ground running. It’s not about how much shit I can get done, but more about being present in the moment and relaxing and enjoying the company I’m in. Or soaking up the silence when I’m alone in the house.

This Sunday I woke up, made a nice thick and short cappuccino, read over the Times and skipped to the sections I actually care about versus trying to read cover to cover.  I sat with my wife and dog and we talked about completely unproductive things. As a result of all this unproductiveness I felt inspired, and motivated, and a sensation of positive energy that I could feel in my stomach and down to my fingertips. I’m told that’s Chi but to be honest I don’t know enough about it to say for sure. But I know I felt incredible and free and alive.

Inadvertently I created some space/energy in my head, some room in my life by not jotting out a to-do list for the day. Maybe this space generates itself if I just let the morning unravel with no plans or expectations other than maybe walking the dog…at some point.

The great news is that I am then much actually more capable of dealing with responsibilities when I have this newfound energy…this Chi. It reframes cramming as many tasks as I can in my day to taking this creative energy and applying it to whatever might need to get done. And for me, that’s a different way to start the day.

So what if I start more days with an abundance of creative life force instead of making a checklist to follow or taking directions from my inbox? What does my life look like then?

Now, I’m not advocating giving up your early morning weekend runs or long rides on the bike. I’m not saying we should all stop doing our weekend yard work or Home Depot shopping sprees, but what I am saying is that if we make sure that we create space for ourselves there is room for this creative energy or Chi or spirit that allows us to operate from a place of intentionality and purpose instead of just reacting to a need to stay busy or productive to justify our existence.

I’m advocating taking some time to breathe and sit and ignore your task list so that you may better tackle it later with a newfound energy and motivation. I propose sitting still in order to get things done.


  • Angela Novak

    Deepak Chopra calls this “slipping into the gap.” The space between thoughts that the Universe needs to reveal itself to you. “It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

    I start my day with me, the coffee, the outside kitty and the patio breeze every possible morning.

    Hi Parker 🙂