Personal Time Off is time where you are not a daughter, sister, mother, neighbor, employer, employee etc.
You are just you.
You don’t have to worry about work, where the kids are, dinner, shopping, or any other family responsibilities. You are free to do what you want.
A renown inspiration writer Stephen Covey refers to Personal Time Off as time we spend renewing ourselves. Covey says that, “Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish.”
Sounds easy enough, but life gets complicated managing full time work and full time family.
Put your Personal Time Off on the calendar. By doing so, you make it a real thing, and it becomes less likely that it will be sidelined for something “more important.”
Be flexible and rigid
If you can schedule Personal Time Off at the same time each week, then all the better.
Because your calendar can get rather full, flexibility in scheduling becomes a necessity.
Skipping it once makes it easier to skip again. Sometimes things happens and life gets in the way.
If it happens to you, don’t beat yourself up. Just get it back on the schedule.
Take enough time
The goal is to spend enough time away to let your shoulders drop.
Don’t rush that dinner with your friend, or your time reading in the library. Take as much time as you can to renew yourself.
If possible, don’t go home first
If you take your Personal Time Off during the week, try not to go home first.
Once you get home it’s hard to get back out again. The idea of going out after you get home can be too tiring on many days. Once you get home you just want to take off your shoes and do home stuff. Essentially, it’s much easier to stay out than to go out.
Do what you want to do, not what you have to do
Remember, Personal Time Off is about your time to do what you want to do, not what you have to do. This is not time to catch up on email, or go to the salon or clean up. It is about relaxation. Grab a friend and have some lunch in a restaurant. Work can wait until tomorrow.
There is nothing selfish about taking time off for yourself. If your goal is to be a great mother, a wonderful partner, a rock star at work, and a real friend then you need time off. Everyone does.
“Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
So, why not take your Personal Time Off this week? I’m sure you’ve earned it!