We all need lazy days. They’re fun cause you get to do what you want with no interruptions of any kind – no work deadlines, emails, phone calls or texts! You can sleep in as long as you want and you don’t have to get dressed, jammie days are so fun!
When I first started my business in 99, I didn’t take any days off including holidays. At the time, I thought missing even one day meant no money made. Of course, working from home is tempting and as the months went on, sometimes I got lazy. I remember this just one week where I got too comfortable and didn’t do anything and missed a whole week’s worth of pay! But, after that I got back on the wagon, I went the opposite working 18 hour days everyday and that wasn’t good either.
But as the years went on, I got smarter. I took breaks and sometimes I’d bring some of my work outside on the patio. When I learned to take it all in moderation, I felt better and more energized. Still, there comes a time when you need a vacation and as in self-employment, it’s really important.
I may have mentioned this in an earlier post, but one job I had, they gave us two “crazy days” in addition to sick and vacation days with pay. I had never heard that term before, but basically in a nutshell, the company wanted to give its employees a couple of days off when they didn’t feel like coming to work. I took this idea to heart with my own business calling it “lazy days“.
Burnout happens in any job. Working many hours without enough sleep is not good for anyone. As an entrepreneur, you feel like you have to do it all and go, go, go 24 hours a day. However, taking days off is crucial and it can be done with a little planning ahead.
First, I prioritize my projects by order of importance and typically keep a to-do list that I call “my daily game plan”. Some weeks are more hectic than others and require more commitment, but my reward is that I can take a day to wind down if I had to work harder the week before.
I consider lazy days as rewards for a job well done and I don’t go crazy with them either. I know that if I’m just feeling sluggish…that’s a not a good reason to take a lazy day. I’ll just get something to drink or make a light snack to get me going. And, sometimes I have to push through when I don’t feel like working. But again, I plan my days off each month strategically and having that to look forward to really helps my morale.