Where is your white space?

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Henry Cloud is one of my favorite teachers and authors. I began reading his books many years ago, and I now grab every new one he publishes as soon as it comes out. I have written a few summaries of his books on this blog (see links below). Now that I think about it, I may write some more this year!

Recently, I read a short post by Henry Cloud on the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) blog (which is a great blog, by the way!). Henry was talking about the importance of having WHITE SPACE (or rest) in our life.

too much stuff + too long = overwhelmed and tired brain

Henry was endorsing the valuable research and work done by a woman named Juliet Funt. Juliet spoke at the GLS, and you can find some excellent short video clips of her ideas on YouTube. Her company, WhiteSpaceAtWork.com, helps organizations reduce their busyness, schedules and digital habits so that people can be more engaged and creative at home and at work.

Research has shown that the highest performers in life
have a pattern of not being “on all the time.”

Henry Cloud

Juliet shares some great tips for protecting the WHITE SPACE in our schedules:

  • Take some thoughtful time and inventory your motives for saying yes.
  • Try to separate the emotional (the enjoyment of being asked) from the practical (will this opportunity truly move your goals forward?).
  • Attempt to mentally envision and realistically consider all of the inevitable to-dos and busyness of the time around the date of the request.
  • Make “No” your default answer. Let “less” be your guiding principle. You will  never regret having too much time.

Which of these tips could you apply in the next few days to find some WHITE SPACE in your week?


Henry Cloud book summaries: Integrity  •  Necessary Endings

3 thoughts on “Where is your white space?

  1. Reblogged this on Leader Impact and commented:
    Living Well requires WHITE SPACE! I have been thinking about a question I have heard a couple of times the past week: What is your ideal week? Of course, my ideal week would include white space time to think and reflect, EXAMEN my day, my interactions with people/coworkers and where I saw God; it would include some exercise and some reading. Maybe these are some of the big rocks that I need to put in the jar first! Then the smaller pebbles and sand can fill in the rest. Here is some good encouragement to reflect on getting more white space in your life.

  2. Let less be my guiding principle–when “more” is what I find myself striving for most of the time. Rest–will I ever really understand how to enjoy and practice that this side of heaven?

  3. I have been thinking about a question I have heard a couple of times the past week: What is your ideal week? Of course, my ideal week would include white space time to think and reflect, EXAMEN my day, interactions with people/coworkers and where I saw God; it would include some exercise and some reading. Maybe these are some of the big rocks that I need to put in the jar first! Then the smaller pebbles and sand can fill in the rest. Hmmm. Good thoughts.

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