Day 10: This page intentionally left blank
If you continue to fill a balloon with air, at some point, it will burst. The air will be lost, and you’ll have a nasty ringing in your ears.
The cognitive excess of being online, always available, always at the beck and call of the next notification, email, slack message or ‘can you just’ requests, means, eventually, you’ll burst too.
Burnout. It’s a nasty thing. It happened to me.
Cue the blank page:
Intentionally blank pages have no content. While seemingly insignificant, they serve as important placeholders or content separators. "This page intentionally left blank" in printed works means the reader avoids thinking the page has an error or something is missing.
It’s the perfect analogy for modern living.
To make purposeful space in your day, away from the cognitive excesses of endless pings, dings and notifications.
I loved this recent post from Seth Godin:
Of course, as we race to fill in every moment with swiping, surfing and clicking, it’s easy to forget that we’re allowed to leave some blank spaces. In fact, not just allowed, but if we want to live well, required.
And it gets even easier if we announce (to ourselves and perhaps to others), that we’ve done it on purpose.
For the sake of your sanity. Leave a blank page.
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