Embrace Silence

As an introvert, I find solace in silence. Yet, I understand that for many, silence can be awkward or even scary. In this article, I’ll share how I embrace silence in both my personal and professional life. Inspired by recent insights, I’ll also explore the concept of silent co-creation, offering actionable steps for you to integrate silence into your routine.

Silent Mornings

Each morning, I relish in the tranquility of silence, especially during the winter months when darkness envelops the world. For the first half-hour of my day, I sit with a warm cup of tea, surrounded by silence. This ritual, though initially unplanned, has become a cherished part of my daily routine. It grants me the space to gather my thoughts, set intentions, and prepare for the day ahead, or just do nothing. While I understand that dedicating half an hour to silence may not be feasible for everyone, I encourage you to carve out just 5 minutes of quiet reflection each morning.


During my virtual assistant training, my mentor introduced me to the concept of #StopTalking. It serves as a reminder to communicate clearly and concisely. For instance, during client calls, instead of launching into lengthy explanations, I’ve learned to respond concisely and allow space for silence and reflection.

#StopTalking is not as much about complete silence as it is about limiting the number of words we put out there in the ‘ether’. As Bastian Overgaard, author of the book “Støjfri Ledelse” says we can easily fit 9000 words into a one-hour meeting. But what happens when we talk less? We actually become more productive.

Silent Co-creation

Incorporating silence into collaborative endeavors can foster creativity and productivity. Silent co-creation encourages individuals to engage in collaborative tasks in a silent environment. For instance by introducing silence into meetings, or even job interviews. This approach allows for focused concentration, deep introspection, and innovative thinking. By embracing silent co-creation, we can harness the power of silence to unlock new ideas and solutions.

Silent Retreats

For those seeking deeper immersion into silence, I recommend exploring silent retreats. While not suitable for everyone, these retreats offer a profound opportunity for introspection and rejuvenation. Whether it’s walking in nature, meditating in solitude, or sharing silent meals, silent retreats provide a sanctuary for inner reflection and spiritual growth. However, it’s essential to approach such retreats with an open mind and a willingness to embrace solitude.

In conclusion, in a world filled with noise and distractions, embracing silence is a powerful tool for enhancing productivity, creativity, and overall well-being. Integrating moments of silence into your routine can lead to profound personal and professional growth. Embrace silence as a pathway to clarity, creativity, and inner peace.