I’ve had a busy and full couple weeks at work. Combine that with all the prep work necessary to make this fall work and it’s been putting me on edge. The familiar too much to do, too little time feeling. When people come into my departments at work I greet them and ask if I can help them find anything. There are a variety of responses, but one I get a lot is “Nah, I’m just killing time.” I’m jealous of these people, really.
When I was a kid I use to complain to my parents all the time that I was bored and had nothing to do, that just doesn’t happen anymore. There’s always something to do. Even when I have just a few minutes between other things I always carry a little notebook in my bag to write down ideas for a post or things I need to do for traveling or some essential food item that we’re out of. If I don’t use that time efficiently, I get mad at myself.
It was really starting to wear me down, so on my day off yesterday I purposely didn’t put as much on my plate for the day, took things slower and gave myself a little more free time. It felt great. It’s so easy to underestimate how beneficial it is to give yourself some free time, where you don’t feel guilty for not getting stuff done. This is especially important for big unconventional life changing projects, even if it’s something you really want to accomplish like full-time RVing. It’s so easy to get swept up in them and forget that the reason why you’re doing them in the first place is to tailor your current situation to your own liking, to cultivate a better present.
So I don’t have a big and thought provoking article for you to read today. I’d just like to give this public service announcement. If you’ve been working hard on something for a long time, it’s okay to take a break now and then. Really, you deserve it. Tomorrow it’ll all still be there waiting for you.
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Interestingly enough, while I couldn’t think of what to write for today’s post yesterday for the life of me (so I took a break from that too), while I was writing this little piece just now I thought of two really solid post ideas for the future. I’d say that’s pretty ironic but it makes perfect sense and fits with today’s theme well. Sometimes when you try too hard it just doesn’t work, and the best course of action is to step back and let things come to you.