By Karin Leonard
In Part one we discussed how to carve out
time for yourself, even with a busy schedule.
This article focuses on designing your life to easily allow for
luxurious leisure time.
do you find time for yourself, with endless chores, from grocery
shopping to doing laundry? Experiment
with “clustering” your “to-do’s”:
nominate an evening during the week your “errand night,” and
take care of as many stops as you can at once.
You may want to take an additional evening to attend to household
tasks such as laundry or organizing paper that you can complete without
exhausting yourself. Elicit
assistance from family members. If
you can afford it, consider employing help.
Everything from house cleaning to grocery shopping can be hired
out. The goal is for you to
be freed up, so you take pleasure in time off and to luxuriate in
Examine your current
routines and decide whether they truly nurture you.
For example, watching TV at night may give you a chance to
“tune out, “ however reading a good book, time with a significant
other or a relaxing evening walk may turn out to be more fulfilling. Experiment with what recharges you at core.
How do you relax – maybe with a couple of drinks to unwind?
In the long run, taking a hot bath, doing yoga or listening to a
meditation tape can rejuvenate you on a deeper level.
Do your evenings feel like
an extension of your workday? Reclaiming
the end of the day and doing something soulful, nurturing and relaxing
can reenergize you for the following day. If work follows you home, and you find yourself obsessing
about job related problems at night, practice finding closure before
coming home. Clearing off
your desk, making a list for the next day and declaring your work done
as you consciously close the door to the office, can serve as completion
special events or outings to look forward to.
Are there activities, experiences or hobbies that you have always
wanted to partake in, but keep postponing?
You know the infamous “one of these days” never arrives --
unless you decide there is no better time than now.
Depending on what you enjoy, a weekend away, outdoor fun,
concerts or performances can ad sparkle and soulful leisure to your
all, savor your leisure time, and do not allow feelings of guilt
to interfere with your rest and repose.
The more deeply you relax and enjoy your time off, the more
present and re-energized you will show up at work.
After all, you may work for a living and be fulfilled in your
vocation, but life is not just about work…