I'm one for working all the time. I like to work, and enjoy it. When not working, I like to pursue hobbies and activities that also lead to accomplishments. Maybe some of the readers here will have a similar attitude towards spending their time.
Occasionally -- rarely -- I take a day off and just intentionally do nothing but relax. Every time I do, I'm reminded that my default way is not actually conducive to the things I want the most. Taking 2-3 days off at the beach every couple months doing simply nothing can lead to such a higher clarify of mind.Likewise, even just a day with no appointments nor self-imposed obligations can be incredibly refreshing.
If you're sleep-deprived, especially if you're averaging under 6 hours per night, the results of relaxation can be even greater. I slept 15 hours today, spent a little time with my family relaxing, eating slowly, and having a coffee, and then took a long walk through the night air listening to a biography of Napoleon on audiobook.
It was magnificent. Maybe those old scriptural tales about prohibitions from working once per week were on to something -- the societies that they originated them went on to thrive, excel, and endure, and perhaps that's not an accident? Maybe you'd benefit from breaking a day off from all obligations, especially if you haven't done so in a while.
Sleep deprivation is counter-productive and seriously damaging to your long-term health. At least that's what all the studies on the matter demonstrate. ;)
Do you use an alarm? I switched to no alarm a long time ago (along with sleep pattern monitoring) and sleep 7.5 hours pretty much like clockwork. The rested, consistent sleep does wonders for physical and intellectual performance throughout the week. Food for thought...
I recall from past posts you wanted to start a family; it seems you now have? Congratulations!
It's alright. Good, not great. You need some historical context to appreciate it, since it moves quite fast. And it's not that great. The narrator on the audio version is excellent though.
Good biographies? Anything by Ron Chernow is a great place to start. Titan, about Rockefeller, is particularly excellent.
I like the idea, but it's so easy for one day to turn into two, three, four days etc... I wonder if there is an easy way to maintain momentum even if you take a day off. What is a good strategy to get started again immediately?
Do it on Sunday, have a bunch of appointments and stuff to do already scheduled for Monday.
That makes a lot of sense-- make sure you have an external trigger that will whip you into shape. Willpower is usually extremely hard to summon so having something stable like an appointment or a class is a good idea. This probably can be applied when thinking about breaks during the day too. Instead of just taking a break at any old time, take it before a scheduled commitment, then you'll be guaranteed to start working again. Thanks!
I'm in Mui Ne, Vietnam for just one night. It's amazing here, really, it's paradise.
Before this short trip here, I never understood why people do a weekend getaway or leave the city they live for just one night. I always wondered - what's the point? I thought, "If you're going to travel, why not spend long enough to get the flavor of the place you're going? What's the point of going for one night?"
I didn't understand back then. I understand now.
When you're very attentive and taking great care of your time, two days/one night can be a lot of relaxation and rejuvenation. I did two hours of work yesterday in the morning before coming to Mui Ne, and an hour at the end of the day. I slept on the five hour bus ride here, I took a short nap while here, and I'll sleep on the bus ride back - so I'm basically getting 21 hours awake here.
Do you realize how long 21 hours can be when you pay attention to your time, nurse it, nourish it, and spend it well? Sitting by the water, swimming in the ocean and pool, having Vietnamese coffee, drinking coconut milk out of a coconut... ah, I feel like I've done so much living while here, much more than 20 hours of living.
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.