Podcast Episode 114: The Surprising Benefits of Spending Time Alone

Jan 4, 2014 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

On this week’s episode, I talk about the surprising benefits of spending time alone.

Why is it important to spend time alone?

• Spending time alone is the best way to concentrate my thoughts.

• It’s a good way to stimulate creativity.

• If I can wake up before my family and refrain from checking email, my phone, or turning on the news, I can have amazing results. 


This isn’t so much about being alone as it is about spending time with my boys, but while driving the boys to school, I reach my hand back and say, “Hands!” and we pray for…

• Teachers

• Friends

• Mom

• Our day


Sometimes, it’s necessary to leave the house in order to be alone. Here are some of the places I go:

• The woods are a great place for me to get away.

• I’ll go alone to a cabin sometimes and spend several days by myself. 

• Most of my novels are not written while I’m at home. 

• The water is not a particularly good place for me, as I’m always wondering what is in the water. 


As much as you may be thinking, I wouldn’t say that I am alone a lot. 

• It doesn’t have to be for long periods of time every single day.

• It’s important to make a habit of finding at least small portions of the day during which you can be alone.


We also had an interesting question come in: would I rather spend a year alone in a box, or 15 years alone in a hotel room? Tune in for my answer!


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