Leap Year Lesson #76: Don’t Feel Guilty About Rest

Posted: March 16, 2012 in Work-Life Balance

For those accustomed to very busy schedules, long to-do lists, and always more things to get done than time to get them done, deciding to do something fun is a challenge. Today is an example of that decision point for me.

I have about 190 work emails that require my attention, about 60 personal emails, a presentation to prepare before Monday, another presentation to prepare before next Friday, half a book to read before a discussion on it Tuesday, plus my regular duties at work and a few dozen items on my task list there.

But this afternoon I stretched out on my couch and took a long nap with my dog. Tonight I am staying away from my PC (except to write this blog post) in favor of enjoying NCAA basketball games on TV. My wife and I did some furniture shopping for a while tonight. Tomorrow we will join many others at my granddaughter’s first birthday party. Tomorrow night I’ll cheer for my Kentucky Wildcats to continue their winning ways in the tournament.

I’m not sure how to completely stop all moments of guilt when I rest from work, but I trust that the physical, mental and emotional benefits will more than conquer the guilt.

If you sometimes struggle with stepping away from work to do other things, then maybe it’s time you realized that rest and down time is something that needs to be on your to-do list as well.

Excuse me now while I get back to the games.

Go Big Blue!!

Leap year lesson #76 is Don’t feel guilty about rest.

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