We live utterly crazy-busy lives. We wake up in the morning, rush to suck in some breakfast and coffee, get dressed, jump in the car, and go to work. Once there, we're faced with 259 emails, half of which are “urgent”, and a boss breathing down our necks.
You need a “Should-Less” day
If you have kids, multiply the stress level by 4, and you know what I'm talking about. And scale that up by 4x (x=number of children you have) and you really begin to imagine that this “should-less” day becomes a reality – and FAST!
Remember this, too – all work and no play will kill you. Stress is a bitch. And she doesn't have any remorse. You need to take the bull by the horns and give yourself a little downtime.
What is this “Should-Less” Day all about?
You need to shirk your responsibilities for a day. Or, if that's not remotely possible, take a couple hours off. Don't do anything. Veg in front of the TV, go on a hike, or go play golf (but don't get stressed out about that because golf is a stupid game with a silly little ball that makes your life miserable if you let it).
From the article, Take Care of Yourself With a “Should-less” Day:
Productivity is great, but sometimes you need downtime to catch up with yourself. If you focus on avoiding anything you “should” do, you get that energy recharge you need.
So take this advice: Live a little, work a little less. Your mind, body, and spirit need an occasional break. Or else you'll go stark-raving mad. Or simply lose your passion.