Super Habit #6: Practice Quiet Time

In this often busy and noisy world it’s easy to get stressed out. It’s easy to start moving too fast and then forget to slow down. But there’s a solution to the chaos. Super Habit #6 is simple: practice quiet time.

Every morning I make a point to practice quiet time. For me it’s in the form of an early morning walk and cup of coffee. But there are many other ways we can practice quiet time. And the results are always good.

Times for Quiet Time

If you feel rushed and crowded, there are a lot of ways we can make a point to practice quiet time. Here are a few simple ideas:

  1. Early mornings: My go-to quiet time is early morning. If you get up before the majority, you’ll discover something awesome. It’s nearly silent, even in a busy city. An early-morning walk is a great way to start the day.
  2. Lunch breaks: Sometimes at work, I abandon my colleagues in the lunch room. Instead, I go to my office, close the door, close my eyes, and meditate… or take a nap, whichever happens first.
  3. Evenings: One reason we lack quiet time is that we’re always turned on and logged in. Instead of watching TV or getting on your computer, consider turning everything off before bed. Spend a half hour reading a book instead.
  4. Long drives: A highway drive can be a good time for quiet time. Turn off the music and simply drive. Enjoy the view. Listen to your thoughts.
  5. Meditation: It’s not always what you think. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor to meditate. You can meditate while sitting in a chair, laying on your bed, walking, even running. It’s more about clearing your mind than anything else.

Big Benefits from a Little Quiet Time

The great thing about quiet time is that a little bit can go a long way. Quiet time can help you in a variety of ways:

  • Relieves stress
  • Allows you time to think
  • Helps you to brainstorm
  • Clears your mind
  • Promotes creativity
  • Promotes good health

This is just a short list. The point is simple. Quiet time is good for you. I encourage you to make a point to set aside a little time each day for quiet time.