William Liao

January 30, 2022

permission to do nothing

The guilt that comes from feeling inactive is a real thing.

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I should be doing more,” then you know what I’m talking about. 

From my experience, I can certainly attest to it. 

Here’s a crazy thought, thought:

Choosing to do nothing doesn’t mean you’re giving up on your goals or yourself. 

Choosing to do nothing doesn’t mean you’re failing. 

Choosing to do nothing doesn’t mean you’re lazy. 

In fact, quite the opposite: according to Dr. Charlotte Fritz, associate professor in industrial and organizational psychology at Portland State University, “breaks can improve our moods, overall well-being and performance capacity.”


The conventional paradigm around inactivity is silly.

The choice to do nothing in the face of the sometimes-exhausting urge to do more is valid and, it turns out, probably good for you.

The irony of hustling is that if you want to maximize what you can accomplish, you’ll likely benefit from breaking away regularly.