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Recharging the batteries

24 March 2008

I took the day off yesterday. Completely.

I hadn’t had a day off since March 6 and I was feeling the need to recharge my batteries. Yesterday was the first day I didn’t have a client appointment scheduled in a couple of weeks and I just wanted to hang out. So that’s what I did.

I watched a movie on cable (Sliding Doors). I watched two episodes of HBO’s excellent mini-series John Adams during the day, then the third when it aired last night. I took a nap. I did a tiny bit of genealogical research (probably sparked by hearing the name “Adams” over and over again during the mini-series…there’s no evidence I’m related to the first and sixth presidents). And while I was watching all that TV, I knitted. (I’m working on Knitty’s Tempting II.) Ah, the joy and relaxation.

There was much I could have done work-wise. At the very least I probably should have worked up my will-do list for the week. But I didn’t. There’s time for that today.

I feel relaxed and more focused than I have in about a week. I have a full client schedule this week, and I’m facing it with eager anticipation. About a week ago, I faced the new week feeling rather tired and overwhelmed.

Taking a day off at least once a week has always been a priority for me—I know taking two days off a week would be even better. But this month I let demands on my time take precedence.

Based on the great effects of yesterday’s R&R, I’m renewing my vow to take at least one day a week off: no clients, no working at my desk, no work-related web surfing. The beauty of owning my own business is that my schedule is my own. It’s time to reassert my personal priorities into my scheduling!

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