All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.
AND it makes her less productive! If you are struggling to get through a big project or simply keeping up with the laundry, take a break!
Downtime makes you more productive.
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but productivity and downtime are 2 sides of the same coin – you need one to make the other work properly. When you allow your brain and body to recharge you will always be more effective at finishing (or starting) projects. And the flip side of that coin: when you have a nice, productive day you’ll rest better at night with no fretting over what hasn’t gotten done. At least, that’s the goal.
There have been so many times when I get my best work ideas while I’m on vacation or right after taking a nap. When you start noticing that the answers are coming follow Albert Einstein’s lead and just stop, “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”
Protect your days off
If you’ve worked hard all week, give yourself grace and allow your mind and body to have some much needed downtime during the weekend or whenever you are not working. Downtime means something different to everyone, so do whatever relaxes you: watching television, going for a run with your bestie, cooking dinner with your kids, sleeping in late, reading a new fiction book, listening to great music, or whatever you love doing that helps you relax.
When you have the day off, take the day off!
If your home is a bit cluttered and their are dishes in the sink, that’s OK! Give yourself permission to let them be for now. Don’t worry, they will still be be there after you take your well deserved downtime.
Do a chores every day
I know. That sounds not fun at all, but if you do a little every day you’ll have more time to relax later. It’s also been proven that clutter causes serious stress and can prevent you from living your best life.
In as little as 15 minutes each day you can declutter and free up more downtime for later. Sometimes I only spend 5 minutes decluttering and it’s enough. You can always find at least 5 minutes to do some quick decluttering and picking up.
Now, go do something relaxing!