Paul E. Anna: High Points
August 20, 2009
So what time did you get up this morning?
Are you one of those people who rise at dawn with an agenda? A plan for each day that rarely varies from the order in which you grind the coffee, read the paper, put on your socks, pet your dog, kiss your wife?
Or is your life a little more “lazy-faire?” Do you awake when the mood strikes? Sometimes 6 a.m., sometimes 9. Do you make up your routine as the morning progresses, never deciding in advance whether to shower or shave first?
We’re all, of course, a little different. But there’s a bet here that we each could benefit by a day in bed. That’s right, a day where all we do is kick it back, pull up the covers, turn the pillow to the cool side and catch as many Zs as feels right. Especially in these cool, summer-ending days where the clouds shower us with go-to-bed weather.
We’re not talking about a power nap here, or sleeping in because the night before was a little rough, or because you think a cold might be coming on. No, this is full-fledged hooky. A day that is taken for the sake of taking a day. It is about you and only you. It is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” without the Ferrari or the parade.
For most of us, the thought of simply taking a day off and losing it is an anathema. What about work? What about the kids? What about the animals, the mail? Will the world survive if I take a vacation day and do nothing?
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Well, believe it or not, the world will survive and likely it will welcome back a better person for your day away. Physicians and psychologists have long held that the ability to achieve balance in one’s life is critical to maximizing performance. Athletes know that rest is a critical component in the process of getting stronger, running longer and basically playing better. Just ask Lance Armstrong. He knows all about getting plenty of rest.
The same is true for you in your life. If you feel that the burnout has become the cause rather than the effect, it is time to be bold and take a stand. It is time to take a day and do – nothing. This is your permission slip. The only consequences will be good ones.
Indulge. You’ll be better for it.
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