Taking A Day Off- Do’s Don’ts And 9 Benefits Of Taking A Day Off

by- Tom Kubrak


Are you feeling tired and exhausted? I mean what’s the issue? Why are you not producing the results you want?

Have you ever been on a roll and then like 3 months into it you hit a huge wall and nobody hears about you for weeks/months?

What happened??

What was the thing that threw you off into not being able to get anything done?

Well I can tell you one thing, a lightning bolt is not bound to hit you and spark you back into existence.

It’s time for a new strategy that could work for you...

Benefits Of Taking A Day Off

  1. More time with Family & Friends
  2. Clear your Mind
  3. More energy for the next week
  4. Enjoy that book you’ve been wanting to read for the last 3 years
  5. Enjoy that movie that you’ve been dying to watch for the last 3 and half years
  6. Watch a couple tv shows in a row while your eating Ice cream(that’s me but enjoy whatever treat you like)
  7. Go out have a nice Brunch or Dinner
  8. Eat some of your favorite treats
  9. Have some of your favorite beverages

The Work/Grind Week Defined

The Grind to me is defined 5 to 6 days a week or…

7-1= The Work Week 

I used to think I was Superman and could just work whenever and however many hours a day I wanted. I used to hear motivational speakers say things like, ‘Sleep is for the weak’ and ‘If you want it you have to work work work’ and ‘You can’t take any days off.’

Of course I implemented the things they were saying, it was the first time I was hearing those powerful messages. Then…

I hit a serious wall(burnout). I got into a bad financial situation, was in an extremely  depressed state, had no clue what was going on, etc etc. ’

When I got into my career and I wasn’t able to keep up with the pace because of many factors like, lack of sleep, bad eating habits, etc. etc… I had to make some changes.

I addressed those other non-beneficial things I was doing, but I also made another big decision…

I started taking a day off and when my jobs tried to schedule me to work on it…

I said No.

Do’s and Don’ts On Your Day Off

Put simply… Don’t Work.

That includes no checking emails, studying, work related phonecalls or trying to “catch up on something real quick.”

For me that means the only way I’m opening up my laptop to do anything is to watch a movie or tv show.

Do – Relax, unwind, go on a long walk, sit down for a good lunch, hang out with friends and family, read a good book, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Some people may disagree with me on the study part. In my opinion studying can be classified as working in many ways.

Send me an email to go more in depth about my viewpoint on that. Would love to get your thoughts. 

The Science

In Rhett Powers article on INC he describes some of the science behind this misunderstood gem of Taking A Day Off. Check it out here https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html

Risking Burnout

If you’ve ever burned out doing something before and you’ve experienced the terrible aftermath of it then check out Stacey Lastoe’s post to get her viewpoint on why if you don’t start taking that day off now then a serious burnout is coming for you. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/05/19-signs-you-need-to-take-a-day-off-asap-or-risk-serious-burnout.html

Taking Time Off

Minda Zetlin in her post on INC tells us how not only is taking a day off important but taking some time off during your busy days are essential too and taking more frequent vacations. According to her, try taking a mid day nap or take the evening off https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/why-taking-time-off-is-good-for-your-brain.html

If you’re one of those people who are taking a day off and it’s still not recharging you… Then you don’t need to take a day off.. You may need to find another career or job.(Possible article about that coming soon)

Think of yourself like the battery on your phone. When you’re using it too much you need to charge it sooner when you’re not and using it less frequently it goes longer without needing a charge.

 

“Sometimes I need to go off on my own. I’m not sad. I’m not angry. I’m recharging my batteries.” -Anonymous


By- Tom Kubrak

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