I am a bit surprised to find myself with a lot of work to do. I am surprised both because my business is young and because the week before the Fourth of July is usually quite quiet in my profession. That said, I have enough work to do in the next week that I have already begun cancelling some discretionary appointments. I like it when I am that busy.
Despite the work I have to do, today is Saturday and I am not doing any work for my clients today. I am confident that I will be able to accomplish all that I need to accomplish in the next seven days, even if I might have to stay up late a few nights to do it. Although I might be able to accomplish a lot today, especially since my wife and sons decided to go to a movie this afternoon, I am going to do my best to do other things. I will turn back to my job tomorrow night or Monday morning.
Some readers may think that I should make hay while the sun shines and that I should be doing my work today because I cannot know what tomorrow may bring. I do not fully disagree. Others may point out that time is money and that by remaining idle I am wasting an opportunity to earn. I do not fully disagree with that either.
That said, I would argue that time is worth much more than money. Indeed, at the end of our respective lives, I suspect that we will find out that we ran out of time before we ran out of money. So, today I am taking the day off. I will write a few columns, run some errands with my wife when she returns, make a nice dinner and then walk my dog. The next time you are looking for a reason to relax, especially if you own your own business, you might want to consider a few of these.
Recharge: You cannot work any muscle in your body non-stop. Your brain is like that too. If you do not take the time to recharge your mind by doing something that is not “your job” you cannot possibly function at your highest level when you are doing your job.
Creativity: Sometimes the best way to approach a problem is to walk away from it. If you take the time to do other things, your brain will have a chance to relax and to process all of the data that you have been feeding into it all week. Maybe then you will be able to see your way to solving problems instead of just reacting to them.
Confidence. If you do not approach each week with the confidence that you can accomplish all that you need to accomplish, you create your own hurdle to success. Believe that you can achieve what you need to achieve and allow yourself to enjoy the moment.
Relationships: Whatever you may do for a living, you should not let it define you as a person. Your relationships with family and friends are important, too, and if you attend only to work, you will quickly lose your relationships and, perhaps, your reasons for working.
Happiness: You have to allow yourself to be happy. Responsibility is important too, but all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. It’s OK to take a day off. You might even want to go out and splurge on an extravagance. Go on! You’ve earned it!
What do you like to do to recharge? What justifies a day off in your mind?