GET IT DONE! - January 2, 2012
It is January 2, and for many corporate and federal employees it is the New Years’ Day holiday. For retail, food service, healthcare and other industries….it’s MONDAY! And if my last week was indicative of anyone else’s, it is a welcome day. My daughter turned five last week, and it was a flurry of Christmas, birthday, New Years visitors, guests and activities. I also had a pretty bad cold for a few days that I was just informed I spread to one of my guests…so sorry about that! By the time I got to January 1, 2012, I was EXHAUSTED! I took full advantage of my ‘day of rest’ yesterday and spent practically the entire day on the couch chilling out, and keeping my daughter company while the husband lived in the man cave watching football.
But I woke up bright and early today ready to go! I had a client meeting this morning to work out their talent review strategy and spent the afternoon putting the toolkit together for the two day session. I am rejuvenated! Ready to GET IT DONE!
What a difference a day makes. I realize that it is very important for me to include down time in the busyness of my life a bit more in 2012. I rarely relax, and the notion of being still with nothing but rest as an objective was both surprising and therapeutic. Some call me a type A personality. I do overbook myself, I try to be the working mom/entrepreneur/volunteer/friend as many of us do, and I enjoy being busy. But I totally underestimated the rest factor. We get so caught up in trying to GET IT DONE that we forget that rest needs to make on the list too.
So my New Year Commitment is to plan in some down time. How often you ask? Good question. I think I will try for one day a month. Where I have nothing scheduled, I can stay in my jammies all day if I want and I am just still. What clarity comes from being still.
I also want to commit to some healing exercise like yoga. That will keep me balanced as well. If my budget allows, I would like to get a massage occasionally. Last year I think I had two. For my Maryland readers, try our Nabacu. A fabulous place specializing in Eastern Medicine and they have therapeutic massage that beats any spa I have been to!
OK, some new things I commit to in order to strike a balance between running a business and supporting a family:
- One day a month of ‘rest’
- More than two massages
- A yoga class