Super Habit #42: Value the Power of Solitude

Successful people take time for themselves. At first glance this might sound selfish, but it’s actually the opposite. Great leaders are aware that burnout can come with too much time on the job, or interacting with others. Therefore, we know that solitude is important.

Sometimes we think it’s bad to be alone. However, there’s a big difference between alone and lonely. Spending time by ourselves can be a positive. It allows us to recharge our batteries. It gives us time to think through complex problems. We get the chance to step away and see things from another perspective.

5 Ways Solitude Helps You on the Road to Success

  1. Solitude helps you to understand yourself: When we spend time alone, we can work on self-evaluation. Being aware of our own behaviors, desires, and needs will benefit our ability to act appropriately in a variety of situations because we know where we stand.
  2. Solitude helps you to understand others: Taking time to reflect on yourself will also help you to understand others. Sometimes when disagreements occur we overreact. When we are able to get away and honestly reflect on the situation, we are more likely to understand others’ views.
  3. Solitude helps you to be more creative: As a creative myself, I can say that the majority of my own creative ideas come when I’m alone. Whether it’s when I’m taking a walk or lying in bed, being alone gives my mind time to drift freely. It’s during these times that creativity runs high.
  4. Solitude helps you to be more productive: It’s a lot easier to get things done when you’re not being distracted by others. When I really want to get things done at work, I close the door to my office. That cancels out the distractions of those around me and I can excel.
  5. Solitude helps you to be more at ease: For me, solitude and peace go hand in hand. The majority of conflict in life revolves around our relationships with others. Being alone gives us a break from those tensions. It helps us to be more at ease when we return to a more social environment.

Recharge You Batteries with Times of Solitude

Although successful people value solitude, that doesn’t mean that you should keep yourself in isolation. Use short times of being alone to reflect and recharge. You’ll be able to see things more clearly, generate new ideas, and gain a more complete perspective of variety of situations.

Try to take short breaks away from others during your work day. Whether you take a 20-minute walk or close your office door for short times, that “me time” will help prepare you for more successful time with others. Take an occasional day or weekend alone. Whether you stay around your home or explore nature, time alone will prepare you to excel on your road to a more successful life.