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 Bird
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 blog.
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,
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