It’s Friday and your thoughts might be drifting to the beach or the backyard hammock and why not? Good weather is meant to be enjoyed! Yes, you need to get your work done, but relaxing is essential too.
I’m combining the two today, writing blog posts and editing video while sitting on my balcony next to my mini-herb garden. My chair rocks a little so I’ve got some swaying going on, my feet are up, the to-do items are getting ticked off. It feels pretty good and I’m feeling rather creative, accomplishing lots of good things.
If you’re cubicle-bound, you don’t have this luxury. Sorry about that. There are other ways to relax though. Negotiate with your boss to leave a little early (I have a friend who works at a local college and gets Fridays off all summer; thought that was pretty cool!). At the least, you can take a walking break during the day, perhaps at lunch. Is there a spot near you on the water that you can enjoy with a few co-workers? That would be lovely too.
While cubicle life has its drawbacks, working independently has some as well. At least when you leave the desk for the day, you’re pretty much done. No more work to do, your private time is yours. As a business owner or independent worker, you’re likely to be cooking dinner and then heading back to the laptop. Perhaps working all weekend to meet a deadline or starting at 6:00 am to get a few things out of the way before you hustle your kids out the door.
To the independent folks (and I’m talking to myself here as much as anyone), please do yourself a favor and give yourself at least one full day off each week. Recharging the batteries is crucial for productivity, creativity, and sanity! It’s too easy to pick up the laptop and start mindlessly tapping at the keys without actually accomplishing anything.
Use summer as your excuse to put the computer to sleep and go enjoy the day! You’ll feel so much better for it. Here’s a post I wrote on Effective Downtime: Why True Rest is a Necessity.