Pffft. A day off? What the hell is this chick talking about?
Is that what you thought when you saw the title? Are days off a total joke for you?
Maybe your days off are saved for when the kids are sick or have days off of school that don't coincide with your work schedules.
Maybe you take a day off just to do grocery shopping and clean the house every now and then. Because let's face it, the to-do list when you're a working couple, a "power couple", working parents, whatever you want to call yourselves, it's never ending and it's a complete joke.
Who has time to do all of this AND spend QUALITY time with their partner, kids, extended family, even friends.
Maybe you take a long weekend here and there, but because of the demands of your jobs, you feel like if you took a week off, your entire department would implode.
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How do you do it? What's your method?
Because, if you're like me, you're going to cram everything you can into every available minute of your day off, you're going to end up feeling defeated and exhausted at the end of the day because not everything got done as planned.
Some people call it reverse-engineering your schedule, some people call it "block time", historically I've called it "back-tracking your schedule".
Whatever you want to call it, it involves planning your day around the most important things first.
Let's talk about the most important thing first
Getting your mind off of work.
You took the day off for a reason, and it wasn't to log on periodically and check on things. It wasn't to be tied to your phone all day answering questions.
If this is what you're doing on your day off, then you may as well go in to work.
You'll end up less frustrated in the long run and you won't give yourself an excuse to say, "See, I can't even take one day."
Because that's crap. You can take a day.
If you have kids, you raise them to be independent, self-sufficient problem solvers.
So, why can't you trust your co-workers, your team, your boss to be independent, self-sufficient problem solvers while you out. And if you legitimately can't, I'll have to cover that in another blog post, because there is a way to make it happen.
Getting your mind off of work is another reason that you need to schedule your day.
Scheduling your day will allow you to put down your phone and put away your laptop or tablet.
So, what is the main reason you took the day off?
Whatever your reason, plan your day around those "must-do" tasks; block out whatever time you need for those things and then fill in bits and pieces of whatever else needs to be done in appropriate time slots.
But give yourself some time cushion on these tasks, you'll be grateful that you did, because nothing ever takes "just five minutes", or "a quick hour".
Give yourself a buffer and just re-arrange the schedule if something goes over the time you thought it would take.
This is common sense, I know. It's something I've known my entire life, it's something most of us know. But we don't necessarily practice it because our society is so "GO! GO! GO!".
We don't give ourselves five seconds to think about a best course of action for one task, let alone ten minutes to plan our day.
Personally, I never did it to the degree that I do now and I definitely wasn't practicing it regularly, until the last few months. And I'd never practiced it with a day off, until today.
And, as I'm writing this, it's 10:30 in the morning and I've gotten at least a third of my tasks done for the day.
Usually my days off are a general list of things I need to get done, and while I'm getting one of those things done, I get distracted and find another task to add to my list, which leads to me not getting two or three other things done that I really wanted to complete.
Even if your reason is to unwind, de-stress, re-charge, you need to schedule it
You can't just sit and watch TV all day, you won't feel re-charged.
You'll probably actually feel more drained.
These things, and many others, can help you to re-charge and unwind.
They can help you go back to work feeling good, feeling like you can catch up in no time, feeling like you can take a day – or two – off, feeling like you now have "permission" to take care of yourself, your house, your relationships, your family.
When was your last day off
What I recommend to you is to write down what happened on your last day off.
Evaluate how it really went and how you really felt at the end of the day.
Then, commit to another day off soon, and try to plan using this method. I'd love to hear your results!
Tag me on IG @natalieihde or on FB @thepowerswillbe and let me know next time you have a day off - I'd love to have five or ten minutes to chat with you!
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