I Did (Almost) Nothing Today

I took a sick day today. I should have taken a sick day yesterday, but there were pressing project issues I had to deal with. After another miserable night tossing and turning and generally not feeling well, I did take a sick day today.

And did nothing.

Well, not quite nothing. I did write my Going Paperless post. And just now, I did a little fiction-writing. But besides those two things, I really did nothing. I didn’t read. I spent most of the day in my bed. I flipped through some channels on the TV, something extremely rare for me. I napped. But otherwise, I did nothing.

And I feel somewhat better, mentally, anyway. The cold still lingers. But it was nice to do nothing. I realize that I am almost doing something, even when it seems like I am doing nothing. I might be reading, or jotting notes for a story, or reading RSS feeds or checking Twitter. But today I mostly did nothing. And I highly recommend it. It felt good.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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