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Monday, May 28, 2012 Daily Update
First, to my American friends – Happy Memorial Day! The past few weeks I’ve been trying to kick bronchitis. I should have taken some downtime at the first sign of being sick. But I’ve come to realize that it’s very difficult for me to just slow down.
I love living an active life. It’s become quite unusual for me to just sit around and do nothing. I don’t know how to do this anymore. My brain or body always need to be active. That’s just the way I am wired.
This doesn’t mean I can’t disconnect from work. I do. I probably spend fewer hours working than most people would think. But there’s a difference between taking a break from work and taking a break period.
Is this something you can relate to? Life just seems to keep getting busier and busier for most of us. I know I’m not alone. I don’t like being idle.
This weekend has been a challenge for me. I knew I had to slow down but doing nothing isn’t for me. I don’t know how to just do nothing. So instead of doing nothing, I did different things instead.
I put aside the projects I’m working on. Didn’t touch any of them. I spent several hours writing. Not necessarily with a purpose. But writing. Writing for pleasure is therapeutic for me and it’s not something I do enough of. I also spent an hour mapping out process maps for a couple of things I’ve decided to delegate to team members. The hour spent will save 2-3 hours of time each week.
I spent Saturday night watching movies. I really enjoy movies but it was a treat for me to take a night in and just watch a few movies back to back. I saw “Horrible Bosses”, “Crazy, Stupid Love” and “Irresistible.” “Crazy, Stupid Love” was my favorite of the three. Although I felt there was zero chemistry between Steve Carell and Julianne Moore, the movie worked otherwise. I adored the movie “American Beauty” and this reminded me of a more believable, modern day version of it. “Horrible Bosses” was decent. “Irresistible” was only watchable because of Susan Sarandon’s great acting.
Sunday night was spent playing Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii. Yes, video games.
I’m heading over to Steve’s (my partner) dad’s house for dinner. That’s the extent of socializing I’m doing this long weekend.
The result of all this? I’m feeling rested. My bronchitis is feeling loads better. I’ve discovered that taking a break for me doesn’t mean doing nothing but just slowing my pace and reshifting my focus. I feel ready to start off the new week much more relaxed, feeling better and recharged.
I’d love if you could drop by my Facebook page and say hi… let me know how you take breaks!
Have a fabulous day friends!