quiet time, or as some people like to say, “down time” is more essential than I thought when it comes to improving productivity and creativity. sophie knows this best, and seems to embody quiet time as the holy grail for resetting herself. she seeks it out frequently, as a way to escape chaotic noise or activity, to rest, and to keep her mind fresh and happy. doing this for yourself does more than keep you zen. it boosts productivity because you’re able to focus in on the most important things, and it increases creativity because the silence allows you to think outside of your normal constraints.
in our office (think start-up, frequent chaos, and fire drills), we get a lot done during quiet time. we don’t ever schedule quiet time, though I kind of wish we did. rather, it happens spontaneously, often in the afternoon when everyone’s hunkered down on their respective projects and when there are fewer people in the office to distract. having quiet time also means having a free chunk of time, with no meetings or calls scheduled. doing this harder said than done, but for the busiest people, consider scheduling time to focus and keep the environment around you quiet. it’s well worth the skipped meetings and increased productivity.