Something we can all work on is taking time off from our busy schedules. I know I pack my schedule so much that I kind of forget that I also need to schedule time to recuperate. What usually happens with me is that I go-go-go until I just sort of crash and have zero motivation to do anything but have some me-time.
Last week I had one of those days. I happened to have no work or rehearsals or appointments of any kind one evening, and I decided I wasn’t going to do anything work related at all, but rather do whatever struck my fancy.
It was a great night. I worked on my scrapbook that has been on the go for almost two years. I watched a movie that I keep coming back to over and over again (The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt. I’m a sucker for British historical fiction, which you might have noticed by this post’s existence.) I said no to hanging out with my friends when they called. I was alone for three or four hours, not worrying about anything, just doing things that made me happy.
And even though I took a whole night off, nothing terrible happened. I didn’t feel like I had to catch up the next day. In fact, I felt better able to work because I had taken some time to myself.
Why is our society to obsessed with working until we drop? Why can’t we accept the fact that it is better to take time off, to stop working, to just do the things that make us happy?
There will always be work to do. The work will never be done. And that’s okay. It means there’s always a goal to work towards. But it also means that it’s really easy to keep going without taking breaks until our bodies and our minds shut off in some way – through a mellow zero-motivation night like mine, or illness, a mental breakdown, what have you…
I was so happy to take that night off from responsibility and stress. I should be doing more of that. And you probably should be, too.
Have a great day, keep spreading awesomeness, and I’ll see you Thursday!