Yesterday at work, I was thinking about the weekend looming ahead, and realized the overwhelming to-do list I had to tackle on Friday evening. I thought "there is no way I am going to have time to get all those things done," and then realized that if I took a day off of work, that it might be the answer to all my problems. And that's exactly what I did....
This morning I woke up and accomplished the following:
-Cleaned my kitchen
-Took out the trash and recycling (a lot of it)
-Returned over $200 worth of clothes
-Got a much deserved Americano at Peet's Coffee
-Went to the bank to deposit two checks
-Took Lucy to the dog park
-Took two huge boxes of clothes to Goodwill
-Took Lucy to the pet boarding place (yes, it was an emotional goodbye)
-Cancelled my Comcast internet service (to save money by sharing with my new neighbor!!)
-Took clothes to the drycleaners
Did I mention that all of these tasks were completed between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM?!
I am POSITIVE that there is no way I would have gotten those things done in 5 hours on a Friday night or a typical Saturday. In addition to being a morning person, I am someone who gets stressed out and unproductive when I have to run errands during busy "public" times of the day - too much drama (parking, traffic, noise, angry people, lines, etc).
In conclusion, I am SO impressed with myself today and am relieved I was able to ditch a huge load of stress. There is nothing worse than having lingering, nagging, and overwhelming feelings inside. This week was one of my most stressful work weeks I've had in my career, and am proud that I ended it on a positive note by focusing entirely on myself (and Lucy :).
When is the last time you've taken a personal day for yourself? Can you make it happen? If it's not an option with your work, can you consider making ZERO plans on an upcoming Saturday or Sunday to focus just on you and being productive - or doing whatever you need to do to feel happy and peaceful inside?