Let me ask you something. When is the last time you had a list of to-do’s and just completely ignored it? Can you recall a time?
Yesterday was my only weekend day at home since I spent the majority of last week working on a Pier 1 and Glam video shoot on Long Island. It was amazingly fun and if you follow on Instagram, you would have seen a few pics from the project. As fun as it was, it was work and I was away from home and husband.
I got home late Saturday night and upon waking yesterday I did something very very unusual for me. I didn’t do one ounce of work. Not one. Usually when I walk I listen to business podcasts, but I listened to music this time. Usually in the evening while Matt is watching TV, I work on email and outstanding projects. But yesterday I chose to ignore all of these pending items and nagging feelings. I literally spent two straight hours sitting on my porch, reading magazines, flipping through catalogues, and drinking a nice cold beer.
Do you want to know what happened during this time? I had a flood of new ideas while perusing those pages. I thought of projects and concepts that were exciting and original. I feverishly tore pages from my mags, took notes, and felt my wheels turning. Now, this might seem like work, but it’s really quite the opposite. It’s what happens when work isn’t the focus, but when living is the focus. I liken it to a sort of ‘blissful ignorance’. I know there is a whole slew of things that must be done, but I choose to ignore it and just to spend my weekend day as it was meant to be spent.
I know we can’t do this all of the time, I like to be busy busy busy and not being buys makes me feel…guilty, like I’m not trying my hardest. But, when I can put aside the feelings of guilt and block them out of my mind, I’ve come to realize that it’s invigorating to take control of your day and make a conscious choice to relax. I can’t say I’m a master at this, I’m far from it. But I’m learning every day and yesterday I learned that there is great importance in stepping back and just giving yourself a break.
I want to hear from you guys on this one. Do you ever look at your mounting to-do list (or pile of laundry) and just walk away? What do you spend your guilty ‘you’ time doing?
Photo: Architectural Digest