Where’s the Vacuum?

Why are you afraid to announce your “free time” to the world? You don’t want to appear as an outcast, right!

Do you announce your “free time” to yourself? You don’t know what to do with it, right!


When was the last time you had a vacation/holiday with zero connectivity? When did you really enjoy a movie without feeling socially obliged to respond to your phone messages? Do you immediately turn on your mobile after your flight lands and is still taxiing to the gate? How often do you fake being busy for the world and then utilize your entire free time pretending to be busy, just to prove it?

We all like to feel being wanted. We don’t want to be left out. We “know” that the world cannot function the same in our absence, so we want to be “present”. We are irreplaceable.


Nothing stops really. The world is not on fire, and you’re not the only fireman!

You need to stop obsessing and leading your lives fantasizing that everything is an emergency. If you take some time and observe, you’ll notice that every task and goal of yours is suffering with you being busy with “something else”. This struggle of not wanting (subconsciously) to disclose “free time” even for your own tasks…does plenty of damage. It steals more time from your future vacuum, adds to stress, and enables “forced” vacuum, mostly medical in nature.

Start managing your vacuum. It’s tough but rewarding, for you and all stakeholders too – family, friends, colleagues…

Even a child is very busy. But from the child’s view, he’s always free. Free to learn, free to play, free to run, free to eat, …

Apart from the scientific reasons, don’t you think this “freedom” has a lot to do with how the child grows (mentally) vs how we do?

Allow yourself sincere vacuum. Close all those Chrome Tabs. Switch off your mobile for 1 hour. Be offline for a while.

Be the envy (maybe that will motivate you)!

Vishal Mehta

Vishal Mehta

Vishal Mehta is a UX professional, hands-on designer and coder. He is a consultant to product companies in San Francisco Bay Area. He loves to play chess and design solutions in spare time. He ran a UX company, IDYeah Creations for six years in India. His expressions can be found on popular platforms like UX Booth, Technorati and SAP Community Network.

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