Do you know what my worst habit is? It's attaching crazy deadlines to my goals.
It starts off sweet, I make a goal and let my heart soar free of all of the amazing outcomes that will be after accomplishing this one goal. From there my brain kicks in reminding me the faster it's done the faster I reap the rewards of that energizing feeling of checking things off a checklist. Once my brain says it's so, my mouth immediately tells the rest of the
Thavin & Marcob team that it is time to buckle down and get with the new program because we now have so much work to do and barely half the time to complete it.
While about 99% of the time we hit these deadlines with minimal squabble between us.
Not that long ago I realized that because of the pressure to complete and check off.
The love luster that I believe emulates from our work seems dimmed if not vacant.
We all deeply love our work and have come to understand that the finished product is not the only important thing. One of the most important things in our opinions is that underlying unassuming love feeling that we try our damndest to weave into everything that we do. We are passionate about our work and not only want you to feel that but pick up on that passion and see why we love what we do so much.
It's Friday, the last Friday in Spring in fact! There is no need to waste a perfectly beautiful Spring weekend with blunders that can easily be avoided. So here are my
5 Downtime Blunders To Avoid.
If you're curious what we ended up doing was walking away from our deadlines completely. There was no reason we couldn't push them off a few days. So that's just what we did. The first day we all went our separate ways for some much-needed space. Day two we piled into the car and visited some of our local favorites. When day three came around we all agreed it was time to give household chores like laundry a little TLC. Before we knew it when day four rolled around we were all fresh and ready to hop back on and conquer our goals.
Avoiding these blunders won't garentee you a happy life,
but they are definitely found in the recipe for one.
#1 LEAVE WORK AT WORK
It's easy for a lot of us to leave the office, enjoy a nice dinner, change into sweats, cozy up on the couch to our loving pup, and pull out the computer to only go back to work. A change of scenery, a full belly, and a furry companion do not mean that you are refreshed so you should go back to work. When you clock out, stay clocked out, no if, ands, or buts. You need to be making sure that you are giving your brain and body time to relax. You might be bored at first and trust me I've been there. Sitting on my couch at 7 pm thinking, well I'm not doing anything so might as well work. That is until I think of all of the productive and self-care things I could be doing instead. Like yoga or Netflix binging. As soon as I give myself just the right amount of still time. My brain floods with all of the fun things I could be doing with my free time.
#2 LEAVE YOUR PHONE BEHIND
Metaphorically speaking because most of us are going to want to snap a few memories or make sure you're reachable in case of an emergency. Work obligations are not the only thing that might distract you and pull your focus from living in the moment. Social media can easily swallow you whole if you allow it to. I know first hand how tempting it is to want to side your screen to see if you have any new notifications, but if you can resist this urge for just a few good hearty laughs to sneak there way in. You'll re-remember the magic that lies in genuine in-person conversations.
Life is busy, it's crazy, it's unexpected, and it stops for no woman. Which is probably why a lot of us clean just enough to get by. Don't lie, we have all at some point or another piled and piled or random misplaced shit into a room because it completely escaped your mind that someone was coming over and just like any other human. You do not want them to see your weeks worth of dirty laundry, so we stuff and stack, and brace ourselves for impact when they leave and you have to go re-open that linen closet. While sometimes moments like that are unavoidable, it might be possible to keep your meeting to a minimum both at home and in the office. If you actively try to stay somewhat organized. I know that I work better in chaos, but only if there is meaning to my chaos. Each pile or squished circle of clutter has a title of what they are and what purpose they serve. Having even this style of organization helps me to breathe easier and keeps me from becoming overwhelmed or wasting time freaking and stressing out especially when those busy days come around the corner.
When you're at work you typically have a strict of prior put in place schedule that you follow. Five days of this can feel caging and limiting. Which is why I believe spontaneity to be one of the most powerful tools life has to offer. Give yourself the self-love to just let go and live. Explore, connect, and adventure. Kick those day planners to the curb and sail away.
You're in charge of the day, the day is not in charge of you!
#5 BEING YOU
It's not fake, it's a fact. The professional you is different from the at home you. Being a professional for so many hours a day for so many days is exhausting. Creating and having clear and concise boundaries that enable you to easily switch over to the chill on my couch in sweats yelling at the tv when you know they shouldn't walk into that room is more important than you may initially think. Having time to just be you in all your glory is a must that should never be pushed aside or passed on.
Don't turn down the importance of downtime.
Avoid those menacing downtime blunders and get going
with the relaxation that your beautiful self deserves.
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