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.
I usually work seven days a week, maybe 5 to 10 hours per day. To relax, I exercise, learn, and connect with people I respect. All told, I'm probably putting 80 to 100 hours into what most people would consider productive and focused time.
I'm trying to take just a day or two off every two weeks, and I'm seeing my work improve and go faster. I rejuvenate, relax, heal, I'm filled with good ideas when doing this. When I didn't respect my own time very much, spending one night in a place seemed crazy. Why bother? Now that I'm taking care of and respecting my time, one night in a place is quite a lot. I feel strong and healthy and alive. I'm going to have a light breakfast in an hour, go swimming at sunrise, lift some weights, and then have a have a really big meal. I'm working now, and my work is flowing and I'm in a really fantastic zone where things just flow. This one night getaway thing is starting to make sense to me.
When's the last time you got out of your city for a day? Why not get out for a day sometime in the next week?
My husband and I make sure that we go out every weekend with the kids. At times we go out of town to relax, enjoy and make up with our children. we work more than 8 hours a day, and barely have the time to talk anymore and so we find a one night to two nights getaway the best family bonding at least once a month.
I agree 100%. Going out your zone will let you see new sights, new building, different streets. Your deep mind won't be in automatic pilot, because it would need all of its attention to focus on the new world you are discovering. And all of your soul will be concentrated in looking at all the different pieces of this mosaic. Leaving your usual thoughts alone for a while, letting them flourish by themselves.
Got a good question from a reader about sleep. One of my goals is to sleep less than 8 hours/night
Hello, and thanks for inviting your blog visitors to email you directly. I just came across your site today, and got some good reading out of your "top stories" list. What compelled me to write, though, was a trend I noticed on some of your "goals" posts: sleeping less than 8 hours per night.
It caught my attention, because at first glance it looks counter-intuitive. Yet I understand exactly what you mean.
Cut. Return to monologue later. Get to the askin':
How is it working out for you?
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