Yet we get stuck in our day-to-day cycle, continuing to do too much. Sometimes it feels like we have so much on our plates that the only way to deal with it is to just keep working.
If we could just work harder, eventually our plates wouldn’t be as full, right?
Not so much.
Yes, better time management and productivity skills will help you get more done, faster. But that’s only a small part of the solution. You need balance (seriously – this is about stress, which has huge effects on your physical health and mental well being).
And that means adding more rest and rejuvenation to your life. It will help you be less stressed, more clearheaded, and not surprisingly, more productive, healthier, and happier.
So, my friends, I suggest taking a day of rest. Frequently. I don’t mean resting when you’re on vacation. I mean making a day of rest part of your regular, weekly routine.
How can you incorporate rest into every week? Would it take delegating some tasks? Saying no to some it commitments? Letting go of your standard of perfection?
And if you can’t dedicate a whole day yet (this can take some planning ahead), what would it take to set aside a half day for rest? Eventually, what would need to happen to move from a half day to a full day?
Let me share a little cheat to help you get started. Sometimes, during very busy weeks, I use this strategy on the weekends: setting a hard stop for weekend projects at a certain time of the day.
For example, Jeff and I might say that we’ll work on our projects until 4 PM, but after that, it’s time to relax. It may not be a full day of rest, but we thoroughly enjoy our evening together.
It’s a perspective shift that lets us feel that we progressed on our goals, whether or not we actually finished the projects.
So what do you think? What will it take for you to give yourself a day of rest? What would you do with it?