Just like it's hard to see your pen or phone on a very cluttered desk, it's hard to see your work or what's important in a very cluttered day.
Glei explains, “We need white space in our daily lives just as much as we need it in our designs because the concept carries over: If our lives are over-cluttered and over-booked, we can’t focus properly on anything. What’s more, this way of working actually shrinks our ability to think creatively.”
So, what would white space look like in our daily lives?
The point of white space is to be able to relax your mind. How one achieves this varies from person to person. Here are a few ideas that you can try:
Studies have proven the positive health and wellness benefits of meditation. You don’t need to devote hours to sitting still on your floor to achieve some of these benefits. A few minutes each day of focused breathing and relaxation can boost your mood, your ability to concentrate, and even your immune system!
Another way to achieve white space is to build in some exercise to your day.
This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment or massive, sweaty workout. Some yoga, simple stretches, even going for a walk around the block will release stress, clear your mind, and help you focus later. Remember, when going for that walk, leave your phone behind!
And if your yoga session turns into playing with your cat? That’s cool too.
Playing is actually an excellent way to achieve some white space in your day.
Throw the ball with your dog. Tickle your kids and play hide and seek. Call a friend for a game of tennis or basketball. However you like to play, just make sure you do it.
While our devices might be part of the problem, they are also becoming part of the solution.
Various wearable devices can remind us to get up and walk around, or to stretch, sit up straight, and breathe. There are many meditation apps available, and even apps that simply show a video or falling rain or babbling brooks. Zoning out while staring at these relaxing images is exactly the kind of white space our brains need to function on all cylinders.