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A Plan for a Productive Day Off

A Plan for a Productive Day Off

Start your day with a good walk, a run or a visit the gym — expend some energy to feel energized!

While you are exercising, think about something specific you'd like to accomplish with the day — ideal choices would be a project that has a definite end point and is doable in 3-4 hours max. Some ideas: a good clean sweep at home. A closet re-org. A small DIY project. Cleaning the outdoor furniture and grill. Gardening.

While you shower and get dressed, think about what supplies you may need (if any) to complete your project. Have a hearty breakfast and a dose of caffeine (if you partake, that is).

Hit the store(s) to pick up your supplies if needed or simply gather the supplies at home. Prep your work area, if applicable.

Get started! This is half the battle, so you should feel good to be diving in. Set a timer for an hour and when that goes off, take a break. Assess your progress, have a cool drink or a cup of tea.

Get started again, this time, set your timer for 2 hours and be sure to put on some motivating music. This is a good long stretch of time where you can really focus and you should get the bulk of your work for the day done in this period.

Take an hour break for something quick and fresh to eat and a quick walk outside to refresh and recharge.

Come back and dive right back in, with an eye on finishing up or winding down for the day in an hour or so. You should feel no pressure to 100% finish up today - if you need more time, it's fine - the hard part is getting started and you've already make good progress. If you are going to continue your task at a later date, just be sure to straighten up your work area and organize your supplies so it's easy to start back up again when you have the time.

Step back, admire your efforts and pat yourself on the back.

Prepare or head out to a well-deserved dinner.

It's been a busy day - take time to wind down but turn in whenever you are feeling sleepy so you are fresh for the week ahead.



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