Jan 24, 2011
Can you do nothing for two minutes? Come on, give it a try!
On Facebook the other day I came across a link to an excellent—and very simple—online mindfulness tool.
It’s called “Do nothing for 2 minutes,” and it’s an invitation to sit in front of an ocean landscape, with the gentle sound of waves, and to (well, you guessed it) do nothing.
What makes this interesting is that there’s a timer on the screen that counts down the two minutes second by second, and the timer resets any time you touch the mouse, trackpad, or keyboard. This discourages multitasking and encourages you to, well, Do Nothing for Two Minutes.
It’s a lovely idea.
One person who wrote to me about this tool said “It has done wonders to punctuate the information overload that I tend to get during a day of work and stress.”
I can well believe it.