Announcement: I have a new book coming out! It’s called The Joy of Doing Nothing: A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down and Creating a Simpler Joy-Filled Life and it’s available now for pre-order and arrives in stores December 5th.
When I told friends the title of the book I was writing earlier this year they all laughed. Like really laughed. I started prefacing any conversation with the book with, “I know this will seem funny with my current schedule” to pre-empt the inevitable guffaws.
You see, I was writing a book about The Joy of Doing Nothing. And I hadn’t had time to really do nothing, time that was not on a clock/a babysitter was being paid, since 2009. Yes, I hadn’t been bored for almost eight years. It was actually fortuitous timing. As I researched and wrote about our need for time to do nothing, and the benefit of taking time to actually be bored, my husband and I were also thinking about leaving the city to get more time back. I’d spent most of the last year solo-parenting. Being bored sounded really appealing.
We need time to do nothing. The constant stream of information via our digital devices has stolen our boredom and our ability to clear our minds. We are literally making ourselves ill and depressed via personal technology. We’re also stressed and way too busy. Chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. It’s estimated the over 75% of physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. We know we need to disconnect and empty our minds, but we rarely do it.
This is a book about finding those precious minutes in busy lives to deeply disconnect. To stare out the window. To leave your phone out of reach. To say no and spend a quiet evening just to yourself. It’s a book about using the power of doing nothing to find more joy in the activities and people you love. This book is about finding hidden minutes in your life to reclaim for yourself so you can simply sit and be. It’s about giving yourself permission to tear up a to-do list.
It’s a book for everyone. If you’re overwhelmed with parenting or your job or caring for aging parents, if you’re struggling with a few too many passes a day through your Facebook or Instagram account, if you find yourself unable to relax at home because there is simply too much to do – you need this book. It will not only show you why you need to make this time for yourself, it will show you how.
This book has been a kick in the pants for me too. It’s made me wrangle my technology usage and find that time for myself that has often been elusive with three young kids. The lessons and strategies in this book have helped me shift household duties and priorities to give myself more time. Ideas from this book were on my mind as we made the decision to leave the city for the country.
This is my third book with Adams Media (who are now a part of the Simon & Schuster family!!) and I am so thrilled with how this book came together. Laura Daly, my wonderful editor on Do Less and The Minimalist Mom, once again pushed me to be as concise and helpful and inspiring as possible. I’m so happy with the road map in this book for finding an easy way to take care of yourself, a simple and free method for resetting to create more calm and joy in your life. The Joy of Doing Nothing is now available for pre-order (squee!) and hits stores on December 5th.
Your support for this book means so much to me. I hope you’ve found the posts here over the years helpful and inspiring on your own simplicity journey. I would be thrilled if you helped get the word out about The Joy of Doing Nothing by:
- pre-order a copy of the book for yourself or as gifts at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble or Chapters Indigo
- share this book with friends via word of mouth or through email or social media (copy + paste this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1507204957?ie=UTF8 )
- ask your local library to order in a copy *seeing my book in a public library is the most thrilling event for me as a writer!
Do you find time in your days to shut everything out and off to do nothing? Do you practice meditation regularly or yoga or have a ritual for how you start or finish your day that involves being quiet and clear minded?