A great article came out in Forbes last week titled, 14 Things Successful People Do On The Weekends It is worth checking out!
The time we have during the week (this could be weekends or evenings) when we are not working allows us the opportunity to unplug, refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus. But do we intentionally pursue time to unplug? What happens if we don’t?
Think about athletes and their training schedules. There are hours each day that they are “on” and hours they are “off”. There are months when they are preparing and months performing and then months where they are recovering. The concept of oscillation.
So it is with each of us, there are moments each day that we need to be “on” and then moments when we need to be “off” or “unplugged”. For some reason in America we have glorified “busy” to the point where we gain self worth from a packed schedule. Have you noticed that? A feeling of “I must be important because I have back to back meetings, on a board of directors, and a Delta Medallion Flyer”.
But do we take time to think about the question – “at what cost?”
How can we separate “busy” from “productive”? I want to live a meaningful and productive life, not one that is busy like a hamster running on a wheel.
I know for myself, a busy schedule requires a sacrifice of my greatest creativity, my most focused attention, personal enjoyment, and my long-term health.
What cost does a “busy” schedule have on your life?
How can we learn from the Forbes article and apply some weekend habits that make us more purposeful and productive, and less busy.
What is the short and long term pay offs for you of taking the intentional time to “unplug”?