Maximize the Quality of Your Alone Time

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you need alone time. Some of us crave it. Some of us avoid it. But no matter your disposition, there will of course be times in your life when you will be by yourself.

I’m by myself right now!

Excellent! That means I’m talking to you. If you also happen to be one of those who dreads being alone, want you to realize what an enormous gift being alone is. How many projects have you been putting off because you’ve been busy catering to other people? How unfocused have you become because you haven’t allowed yourself the time you need for self-reflection?

Being alone is an opportunity. It’s a chance to put your creative powers to use and make something unique that will add value to people’s lives. So much of the alone time we do have we end up squandering. How much time do you spend alone consuming the creations of other people instead of making something yourself?

You have the potential to do great things, and the majority of your best ideas will come to you when you are alone. Most of my great ideas for my novel Scourge Ship came to me while I was alone.

You probably shouldn’t use ‘great ideas’ and ‘Scourge Ship’ in the same sentence.

That’s true, but the point is that I took the time to make something that was my own. And you can too, if you’re willing to use your alone time to the fullest.

“The Warrior of the Light makes use of solitude, but he is not used by it.” – Paulo Coehlo

What kind of pseudo-spiritual nonsense is that?

The kind that will hopefully motivate you to take action. I’m certainly not suggesting that you should never watch TV or sit on the couch and zone out from time to time, but that you take a critical eye to the things you do in your spare time. You may discover opportunities that you never knew existed.

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