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Dubois: Don't just do something; sit there

Last Modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:06 PM

By Carl Dubois / Special to the American Press

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, writes about the importance of scheduling nothing.

The subject line of my post comes from something I read a long time ago, a look at the psychology of how we seem to need to fill up all the time and space in our lives and not leave room for thinking, or just being alone with ourselves for awhile.

I was reminded of it when I read the piece by Weiner, and again when reading a Rolling Stone piece on Louis C.K., when he talked about having a computer with no Internet access, so he can write without distraction -- or the temptation of distraction.

"When I hit a stopping moment in what I'm writing, a moment of agitation -- that itch always leads to a brand-new thing, to inspiration. But if you bail out and buy a product online, you're robbing yourself. It's terrible, so I sit there. ... The worst thing happening to this generation is that they're taking discomfort away from themselves."

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