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I'm giving you permission to take the day off

Do you ever feel like there are so many obligations on your plate that require your attention yet you are frozen? You don't know where to start.

Well I do.

So, I woke up one morning last week and decided to take the day off from doing anything that felt like an obligation. I would only do something if it felt like fun.

I could work but ONLY IF I FELT LIKE IT.

I could eat whatever I felt like whenever I felt like. Yes, dark chocolate was in my future.

In order to make a decision on what to do next I would ask myself one question:

What feels like fun right now?

Here is my schedule from my day off:

6:09 am: Woke up

6:10-7:00 am: Read Anne Lamont's Bird by Birdmeditating on lake

7:15-8:15 am: Took a walk in the woods

8:30 to 9:15 am: Meditated with Oprah and Deepak

9:15 -9:45 am: Fixed scrambled eggs with sliced peaches on the side.

9:45-12:00 am: Did some work because I wanted to. #becauseifeltlikeit

12:00 pm: Took a shower at noon!

12:30 pm: Took daughter to soccer practice.

12:45-1:45 pm: Ran errands. #becauseifeltlikeit

1:45-2:00 pm: Ate lunch.

2:15 pm: Did the grocery shopping not on a crowded weekend but during the week!

3:15 pm: Started to write this and daughter cooking

3:30 pm: Picked up daughter at soccer practice.

3:45 pm: Made an awesome rub for a pork shoulder.

4:30 pm: Did a little more work #becauseIfeltlikeit

5:00-6:15 pm: Made portabella risotto with my daughter

6:15-7:00 pm: Played Sudoku with my daughter. #becauseifeltlikeit

7:00 pm: Reviewed more work in order to get ready for next day #becauseIfeltlikeit

7:30 pm: Watched Mad Men Season 5

9:30 pm: Read a bit and went to sleep. #whatagreatday

I felt guilty about 3 times during the day and had these fear-based thoughts:

"I really SHOULD be working right now otherwise I won't make any money."

"What would my mom say if she knew I took the day off."

"You are setting yourself up for a horrible day tomorrow." (btw: this did not happen)

Whenever one of those thoughts would rear its head I would ask myself if that thought felt like fun. The answer was always no!

So, I give you permission to do the same thing. Take a day off from obligations, to-do lists and just do what feels like fun. You don't have to take a day off from work in order to do this but you might have to. Call it a mental health day if you must but do it for one day.

I would love to hear how it went. Add your thoughts to the Comments Section


Write a letter to whomever you feel like you are accountable to for work. Fill in the blanks below.

Dear Bosses name, your name, spouse's name, kids names, parents name, company's name:

I took the day off yesterday and did whatever I felt like doing. Here are the highlights:

EX: see my day's meanderings above

I realized that:

EX: I want more fun in my life. I crave more space in my day. I love having nothing planned. I am a better employee when I take a break for me every once in a while…

Your Happy Employee, spouse, parent, child,

Your Name

P.S. I plan to take another day off next month too. If you need further explanation feel free to call Laurie Swanson, Life Coach. She is on a mission to help people create the life they yearn for and it starts with one day. #TAKEADAYOFF #BecauseIfeltlikeit #createthelifeyouyearnfor

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