This past weekend, I did nothing. Well, I did something, and that something was consciously “doing nothing.” I stayed at a bed & breakfast (Westerbeke Ranch, one of Rockwood’s partners) and laid on a raft in the pool for hours. I have no idea what the other guests thought, though they did compliment me a few times on my amazing ability to float.

In my previous life as a harried, stressed-out nonprofit staff person, being able to “do nothing” was impossible. My work days were filled to the brim. I was so busy, I used to dream about telling people I was taking a week off of work so I could come in and do my backlog of work with no distractions.

The worst part was that the go, go, go feeling seeped into my time outside of work, too. Never slowing down in my day (I frequently took my lunches al desko) made it so I was completely drained by the time I got home. And even though I made sure I didn’t work on my vacations, I felt like I had to make them jam-packed because time off was so precious.

At the time, I didn’t see the connection, but now I can see very clearly how not making time in my work day also took spaciousness away from my life outside of the office. I’m still getting used to eating lunch away from my desk and taking moments to be grateful or connect with nature, but my expert pool-floating skills feel like a sign it’s working.

Others here at Rockwood have had a longer time to perfect making spaciousness in their days, so I asked them how they do it.