Posts Tagged ‘Rest’

Wednesday is frequently referred to as hump day because it gets you over the hump in the work week.  Instead of work today, though, I decided to take the day (mostly) off to rest and do as I pleased.

After taking care of the dog early, I went back to bed for much of the morning until two phone calls awakened me for good.  I read and studied a little on personal matters of interest and will do a little more tonight.  I enjoyed the comfort food of Linda’s cherry cheesecake she made yesterday.  I thought about getting that phone upgrade I’m planning, but decided doing so would then force me to spend the rest of the day with the technical hassle of switching phones, installing apps, updating contacts, entering data, etc. – not exactly the day of rest I envisioned, so that will have to wait for another day.  I still chose to work about three hours off and on.

The only thing not under my control is having to answer the door tonight and hand out candy to the neighborhood kids who come by for Halloween.  I could be the grumpy old man on the block and not do it or just put a basket of candy out trusting that the first few won’t take it all, but I need to be more neighborly than that.

If the purpose of a hump day is to help you feel like you’re almost there, like it’s all downhill from here to the end of the work week, then I can think of no better way to re-energize than to just take some time off, to rest, and to do as you please in the middle of the week.  Long weekends are always good, of course, but breaking up the work week into two two-day periods is a pretty good solution as well.  I’ll keep that in mind as I look to use up a lot of vacation days accrued.

It was a good day of rest.  I hope your day was good as well.

Leap year lesson #303 is A mid-week day of rest may hit the spot.

Twice in the past two days I have failed to watch big events on TV as planned.  The first was Sunday when I took a long afternoon nap instead of watching a big football rivalry game between my Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals.  Having recently cut back on our cable subscription and no longer getting ESPN, I would had to have gone somewhere to watch the game anyway, and I didn’t really want to leave my man cave.  So I did without.  Since the Cards beat the Cats anyway, I was much better off getting some sleep than being frustrated or upset.

The second missed event was Monday night when I again took a long nap (see a pattern?) after dinner, missing much of political convention coverage I intended to at least have on in the background as I did other things.  With all the news recaps of the key speeches, though, it’s apparent I didn’t really miss anything by napping instead because the next hour of news once I awoke played the same highlights about three times.  I think my nap did me more good than watching it live would have done.

The simple thought that these last two days bring to mind is that I do not have to always experience firsthand every event in which I might have an interest.  It is OK for me to rest and do what the body seems to be calling me to do and, somehow, the world will still go on.  In fact, it will go on from a more rested and peaceful standpoint personally.

Like many of you, I’m a busy person with numerous items on my to-do list daily.  I rarely get them all done.  There are times, though, when we have to distinguish between the events we must do and those we’d like to do.

Leap year lesson #245 is the humbling but welcome realization that You don’t have to do everything you’d like to do.  It’s OK to give the hamster wheel a rest from time to time.

I believe in working hard. Sometimes I go a little harder for more days in a row than I should. But one thing is currently a given in my schedule, and that is the need to sleep in on Saturday mornings to give my body time to catch up on needed rest. My work schedule for now has me putting in a lot of hours through Friday. Sundays tend to be anything but a day of rest, so that leaves Saturday for me.

It’s amazing what you can push yourself to do as long as you know there is an end in sight. What is exhausting and unsustainable is when you feel like you have no option but to push harder than the body or mind can endure when there is no end in sight.

I appreciate my manager’s recent offer of letting me pick a day of the week that I’d like to work from home and to plan on doing so weekly. I won’t work any less on those days. In fact, I’ll still put in about 10-12 very productive hours without the hassle of commuting and the distractions of the office. I’ll get more done. It won’t be a day of rest from work, but it will still be a day of emotional rest because of the chance to hang out in my man cave with my dog (shown resting in the picture above), wearing comfy clothes instead of a tie while I work.

I don’t subscribe to the notion that everyone should only work five days a week and then do what they want the other two days, although I’m not suggesting there is anything wrong with that. There is something to be said for working and producing six days and then resting. We will accomplish more in the long run doing that.

It doesn’t matter which of the seven days of the week you pick to rest. Just pick one and stay with it. Don’t let others fill it up with more things to do and places to go. Give the body, mind and spirit the rest it needs by observing lesson learned #40 – You need a day of rest.