Zero Tasking Day
The extra hour we get when daylight savings time changes is usually spent being more productive, focusing on using that “extra time” to get ahead of the work week. The truth is, we are already owed that time thanks to our Spring time change. Instead of trying to “jump ahead” on time that doesn’t exist, why not take on the mantle of Zero Tasking Day?
You work hard and it shows. Fall’s time change provides the perfect opportunity to dedicate that extra hour to ‘me time’. Relaxation, rest, and a conscious decision NOT to work are all that’s needed to make Zero Tasking Day a success!
Why does making a conscious decision to relax make a difference? Nothing ruins time off than the guilt of not working. If you make an active decision to NOT work for one hour, the mind and body will accept it easier. You’re not catching up when you’re working through that hour. Instead, you’re overworking an already exhausted mind and body by taking on an extra hour in the day.
Here are some great ideas for rest and relaxation to get you started:
- Start a book you’ve been meaning to read. If it MUST be work-related, find a writer with a voice that makes you enjoy their content. Note: Voice relates to the overall tone of the work. Do you like sarcasm, storytelling, poetic language, etc.? If so (or any other type of reading), find an author who matches that tone you want.
- Spend an hour being pampered. From massages to delicious meals prepared by others, taking an hour to just enjoy yourself is wonderful.
- Take a hike. Seriously. If you have a hiking trail or other outdoor spot you’ve been meaning to explore, why not take the time to get out there and enjoy it?
- While it’s true that you can’t actually ‘catch up’ on sleep, that doesn’t mean you should ignore this option. Why not “sleep in” to your normal time that day?
- Listen to music while you relax. Relaxation takes on many forms. If sitting still makes you twitchy, why not walk around and enjoy yourself? Listening to music will help drown out any other sounds around you so that you can focus on yourself and let the world disappear for a while.
These are just some ideas to get you started.
By the way, you should also, a small business owner, give yourself permission to do this at least once a week. One hour. No obligations. Just ‘you’ time.