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Staff Recommendation: Do Nothing


Do Nothing: How to break away from overworking, overdoing, and underliving

By Celeste Headlee, Non- Fiction, 2020


- Available in print, 268 pages, at the

- Clarkston Independence District Library (CIDL)

- Reviewed by Cherie P. Bowers, Librarian, MILS

-          Proudly serving CIDL since 1998




Why do we work? To support ourselves and our families, of course. But, is that the only reason? There was a time before the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s when most people all over the world lived out their lives on the farm, in the forest, or along the coasts. What the land gave them is what they used to put food on their tables for generations. Since that time, advances in technology have forever changed how we make a living no matter what jobs we hold.

Celeste Headlee offers a look at the history of what it means to work in America in her latest book, Do Nothing. I discovered this title while browsing the library shelves on a day that the concept of doing nothing sounded like the best idea ever.

The first half of the book lays out all the factors that have brought us to this point in our nation’s history. It would have been easy to put the book down during those early chapters where the author felt like she needed to convince her readers that leisure time has been denigrated to the point where it is now. Any reader who selected a book entitled Do Nothing is already on her side, needing little additional motivation.

Headlee’s advice is nothing new. At best, her book gives readers permission to consider some basic concepts to help them spend less time working and more time relaxing. Using research to support her claims, Headlee concludes that humans don’t need to paid employment in order to be happy. She says, first, we need to make a living to support ourselves. But, the rest of our daily schedules could be devoted to other pursuits. Humans need community, a sense of belonging, a setting to practice empathy, music, play, and daydreaming time.

Play time can mean games, sports, crafts, and other activities enjoyed alone or with others. It can involve developing positive social relationships through volunteering and community service projects. The definition of what it means to play is different for each of us. But, once we are engaged in play, we know it to be different from work. Our sense of time evaporates. We become lost in the playful activity. Someone else might need to remind us it’s mealtime.

Headlee also covers the joyful benefits that come from daydreaming. This is idle time with nothing engaging our brains. Not screen time. Not social interaction. Not making mental to-do lists. Simply doing nothing. How long has it been since readers have allowed themselves five or ten minutes to let their minds wander? Daydreams could be where elaborate fantasies are created. Or they might spin in circles leading nowhere. The content is unknown unless permission is given to drift around mentally from time to time.

At the end of the book, Headlee offers a succinct to-do list of all the ideas that might help the reader learn how to do nothing. It’s curious she includes a Table of Contents, Notes, and an Index. The term “play” is indexed in two places. This may lead readers to conclude that Headlee may not have embraced the central concept of doing nothing. It reminds me of Martha Stewart’s Real Simple magazine where she gives readers pages of detailed suggestions of how to keep it simple. Both efforts to remind readers to relax are well-intentioned, but might be misrepresenting their premises at a deeply fundamental level.

I think I’ll stop writing now. My schedule says it’s daydream time.

To see the full review, click here!


Cherie Bowers, Adult Services Librarian
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