What Do You Do with Off-Days?
The problem I’m presenting in this memo is a strange one; I suspect it will only apply to a few of you. Does anyone else feel anxiety when given a day off from work? Or what about multiple days off?
I know. This is a weird problem. A problem of privilege even.
But it’s real.
I woke up today–day seven of my staycation–and realized there were too many possibilities. Here were the options:
Stay in bed.
Watch a movie.
Watch ten movies.
Read a book.
Read excerpts from ten books.
Do various items from this list on rotation.
Work on side hustles.
Avoid side hustles.
The list is endless; the possibilities are endless.
How do we find focus?!
Here’s what I did today to help:
I woke up, took a shower, drank my morning lemon water and made a pour over coffee. I then proceeded to write my morning pages (three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing.)
I love morning pages because they inevitably give birth to clarity.
With clarity, here’s what I could see:
- I’ve already created a weekly routine. Literally. I’ve penned out exactly what I want to see happen every morning of the week. I wrote it a few days ago. Some mornings are for writing to all of you; others are for reading my Bible, others are for creating content for Plywood People. I realized that I ALREADY have a plan. So, I should just stick to it. Conserves energy.
- I am working on a book project and it demands a certain amount of time every day, be it writing or reading for research. I decided I would be most satisfied at the end of this day if I made headway reading a book related to my overall book project. Check.
- I’m planning a trip to Brooklyn with my husband. I’m very excited about this. As such, when I’m done writing this memo, reading for my book project, and, at some point, eating a meal, I will sit down with Alex and we will plan out our dream fall trip to Brooklyn, NY.
This is a day I’m excited about.
Will there be detours? Of course.
It wouldn’t be a staycation without detours.
But I have a plan, and a plan gives me peace.
So, shout out to you creative changemakers out there who need a plan to soften the anxiety and help you live a rich day.
There ain’t no shame in that.