The plan was to take a deep dive into “time off,” but as we got to talking, we realized that it’s hard to isolate this aspect of how we spend our time. So we broadened the conversation to the ways we spend our time, with specific focus on time off, time on, time away, time in(ward), and half-ass time (when we’re in no man’s land/purgatory of time, so to speak). We strategize about how we can spend our time over the holidays, connecting this back to our boundaries, knowing what we want/need, and intentionally managing our time in a way that supports being our best selves.
Do try this at home:
- If you’re going to do something, do it (and only it). Do one thing at a time.
- Set a time limit (and an actual timer) for activities you might get lost in.
- Practice these mantras: “I deserve time off” and “I am allowed to take time off.”
- Be thoughtful and mindful about what time off (including when and how) works best for you.