#SmarterSunday: Idle Minds Are The Angels’ Work


This article made me reframe the use of the word “busy.”  I try not to describe myself as “busy” and when people say, “You’re busy, Heather,” I try to stress that I’ve learned to say “yes” to things that give me energy and “no” to what doesn’t make me happy.

But you know what? I still over-extend myself and have an endless to-do list. I recently said to a friend, “Yeah, I have a tendency to expect too much of myself.” She turned hear head to me, blue eyes wide, and said, “Ya think?”

Anyone else in the same situation?

I recently came across No Time To Think by Kate Murphy and found the missing link – allowing myself to do nothing.  “Idle mental processing” allows  you to be more empathetic,  more creative, and a better problem-solver.  Sign me up.

Here are my four words for 2016, inspired by No Time To Think and this #Success Saturday post.  I hope I can live up to them.



About Heather Harlen

Heather is the writer of the HOPE YOU GUESS MY NAME: A THRILLER (Book 1 of the Marina Konyeshna Thrillogy) and teacher who is trying to make every day count without burning out. Look for SHAME, SHAME, I KNOW YOUR NAME (BOOK 2 of the Marina Konyeshna Thrillogy) in early 2017 (Northampton House Press). www.heatherharlen.com

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