Very fitting that this episode is on rest.
I just finished the book Do Nothing by Celeste Headlee, which is referenced in this episode.
In full disclosure, I have mixed feelings about the book. I really enjoyed the historical context of how we came to our current concept of work and the 40 (or 60) hour work week. I would love to learn more about the European orthopedic unit she mentions that moved to a 6 hour work day with no loss in productivity (this one, I’m assuming). Let’s try THAT experiment in the US healthcare system!
I did not really agree with the author’s take on goal setting. She probably would not approve of my habit tracking, and made several comments that implied that getting up at 5 am is overrated.
(I greatly enjoy my early mornings and highly doubt I’d spend the time ‘better’ in the evenings!)
I also found that she acknowledged that her advice may not be for people without abundant cash, but did not really mention the fact that for those of us in the throes of the young-child years (ie: relative time poverty), some of her suggestions seemed to fall flat.
I felt her advice about screens and email etc were all things I’ve heard in about 3834 other times and I wish she’d dedicated the pages to something else, like how to cultivate high quality leisure time, or figuring out how to Do Nothing on a weekend when you have 3 kids home during a pandemic (hint: you can’t, unless you and your partner switch off! Luckily Josh granted me a lot of rest time yesterday and for that I am grateful. But not everyone has a willing partner, or a partner at all.)
Finally, I have to admit that I seethed a bit when she share her own daily ideal schedule which included 3 long walks and ~4 hours of work. Sounds . . . lovely. But for many of us employed by others . . . not realistic.
BUT, all that said, I was motivated by her book to think more about the role of and leisure rest in my life. So that was good!
In the episode, I discuss both planned and unplanned rest, and the importance of being flexible with habits sometimes. I definitely practice this myself — I love my routines, structure, and checking off boxes but sometimes just crave a break, and I’ve found through experience that it’s just best to let myself have one when I find I need it. Without guilt.
I would like to be better about ‘scheduled rest/leisure’ in 2021. In fact, this may make it onto my goals list. Kind of backwards but not really!
PS: I think my favorite kind of high quality leisure is reading, particularly novels. I tore through a lot of This Tender Land this weekend – omg, highly recommend.