It seems that in this fast-paced, high-tech world we live in, many of the technologies and devices that are supposed to help us “save time”, are actually eating up more of our time. Who hasn’t been sucked down the rabbit hole of Facebook, Pinterest, or YouTube a time or two?
Research has shown that we need downtime to help us decompress, and revitalize our energy: time away from computers and techno-gadgets; time out in nature; time to paint, draw, write, create; time to ourselves and do what ever we want, without responsibilities. But “I have no time for that”, you might say.
Do you tend to think of all the things you “should” be doing, rather than what you may “want” to be doing, or just doing nothing at all? I know I try to get my “to-do” list done before I play. So taking this concept to heart, this past Friday my husband and I decided to “play hooky” and take off work for the day, intending to go on a hike and see the fall colors.
We packed a lunch and took a long drive, only to find out recent rains had washed out the road to the trailhead. So we punted, ate our picnic lunch in the middle of the washed out road with a gorgeous view, then drove to a nearby small town to walk around and play tourist. Getting away for a spontaneous day trip was so much fun, it really revitalized both of us. And other than gas for the car, it didn’t cost us a dime.
Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First
Think of personal time off (PTO) like the oxygen mask on an airplane, you need to put yours on first before helping others. You need to revitalize your energy first, so you have enough left for your work, your kids, spouse, family, and friends. Doing things that are open-ended, without a set goal to accomplish at the end, actually helps increase your energy and creativity even more. And that increased energy and creativity will make you more productive and less stressed, than if you hadn’t taken the personal time off at all.
Here is a great article on The Power of Personal Time Off. So take some time for yourself and leave a comment to let me know what you did with your PTO?