An Intentionally Light Day
I am giving myself the gift of an intentionally light day today.
When I worked full time (and to some extent, during my 80% days), I occasionally took a day off when the kids had school and did whatever with it. These days were not frequent, but I looked forward to them with fervor and can remember them well. I did not really assign myself anything to do other than to relax; after all, my work was at work and my days off were off.
Now that I am fully committed to hybrid work, I do clinical things Mon/Wed/Fri and my own thing Tues/Thurs. I did put a lot of pressure on myself last year to maximize this nonclinical time. I am thrilled that I was able to create so much, reach a good number of people, and (I think and hope!) make a positive difference in people’s lives. I said “yes” to almost everything and kept iterating to find out what worked best, which took time because everything had its own learning curve.
I am not telling some sob story about how I overextended myself, because it was all very intentional AND I definitely had some lovely breaks in there, including a 2 (2!!!) week family vacation. At the same time, I do not think the pace I was setting was entirely sustainable.
I enjoy writing, recording podcasts, conducting interviews, teaching courses, all of it!! But sometimes we all just . . . need a break, or at least a slower cadence. I need space to do bigger picture thinking, back-end drafting, and to just rest. I kept assuming lighter days were coming but then they never did.
I saw that today was entirely EMPTY until 3 pm (in terms of hard landscape obligations) in my planner and vowed to keep it that way. So here we are. I actually decided that I would benefit most from time blocking out a day that included built-in downtime. That way, I could work on a few select things AND achieve my aim (paradoxical or not?) of getting in some relaxing downtime.
This post is part of a ‘relatively fun light work’ window from 10 – 11:30; after I hit publish I will work until 11:30 addressing the rest of my family’s holiday cards because YES, I still have some to send out.
(Note: I already sent cards to anyone who sent US a card, so the rest kind of feel like a bonus and I don’t feel bad that they are late. Also, I received a couple of texts from people who were chuffed to receive a holiday card in early February. So no regrets there!).
The 2023 memories are still fresh enough.
PS: the PMS clouds have officially parted, so yay.