Graphic designers have something of a love affair with white space. We drool over the blank areas within a composition as if they were made of milk chocolate and lightly salted caramel. It’s the white spaces that make the design, really. Of course we love it.
Uh… Megan, what’s a white space?
In case you’re unfamiliar, I’ll give you a brief lesson of design. White space doesn’t necessarily have to be white, but it refers to the negative areas within a design without other elements demanding our attention. It’s the white space that draws our focus towards what’s important. For example, check out all of the beautiful white space in this design:
Or this design, where the white space isn’t necessarily white:
Now, watch what happens when we fill up the white space with other elements:
Lesson #1: White space in design helps us focus on the important elements of the design.
Lesson #2: White space in our lives helps us focus on the important parts of our life.
You just knew I was going to get all deep and sentimental on you, didn’t you?
The same white space principal applies in life as it does design. If we are intent on filling up every spare minute of our time with something, we won’t be able to focus on the important things. Instead of always trying to be busy for the sake of being busy, schedule yourself some white space. Leave a few time slots in your daily schedule with nothing filled in. Use this time to meditate, read, think, and focus on what’s important. Use this time to visualize your goals and consider whether or not your daily activities are helping you achieve them. Leave some time for yourself to breathe, to relax, and to recharge.
White space can be a beautiful thing.