I’ve had a few interesting conversations lately with clients about days off. One client was back at her childhood home for a vacation and the other was easing into the weekend. Both are in the early relationship stages with their planner. Yes, days off are for relaxing and letting the mind wander: both necessary activities for inciting juices to flow and innovation to spawn.
At the same time, days off present opportunities for doing the things on our want lists. By the end of the vacation, who would you like to have seen? What would you like to have visited or experienced? By the end of the weekend, what would you like to have done so you can say, “Wow. That was a great weekend! I feel like my batteries have been recharged and I had a lot of fun!” You can hide and hope nobody learns that you’re in town, then feel guilty for not having done what you had craved so many miles away. Or you can seize the day and squeeze every opportunity out of your visit. Maybe let your relatives know that they can meet you at a certain restaurant for brunch one day. Maybe schedule a night out with friends. Maybe order tickets in advance for a show and plan a place to meet first.
You can use your work week planning skills on days off too. Squeeze the marrow out of life, so that come Monday, you don’t have any regrets over missed chances. Even if all you want to do is lie in the hammock under the pine trees, let it be a conscious decision so you can savor every moment. A day off work is a day on creating the life balance that you deserve.