Try this: Every day you wake up, consider it a vacation.
A colleague gave me this idea a few weeks ago and I’ve been trying it since. On a vacation, I wake up feeling cozy in bed full of lush pillows and I think: “Today is going to be a perfect day.”
On a vacation, I consider my list of ‘activities that constitute a perfect day’ and choose a few of those activities. I wake up with a smile and cuddle up on the couch with a good cup of coffee; I read a good book that challenges my mind; I take a leisurely walk and find something beautiful to appreciate; I savor the act of preparing a delicious, healthy meal; I spend moments laughing with someone I love.
Generally, when I think about my ‘perfect vacation day’ I’m at Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Southern Missouri with my girlfriends. Free from tv, internet and phone distractions, I love to get up early and practice yoga on the dock as the sun rises and then spend the day laughing with my best friends.
I hike, I enjoy nature, I eat chips and salsa, I read a novel, I sit around in my pajamas, I laugh; in short: I feel nourished. It’s the perfect day.
So, what if I thought of EVERY DAY as a vacation? Instead of getting all worked up and thinking: “I have SO MUCH to get done today!” and thus inciting anxiety over the ample workload and not-so-ample time to complete it… I could think “I’m going to get my work finished in a timely manner and find a moment or two to vacate.”
I haven’t perfected this technique yet, but it’s working a little bit. I’ve noticed that when I think of every day as a vacation, I’m actually more productive. And I still take a few moments to ‘vacate’ daily. Currently, those moments of vacation are the 4 minutes it takes me to water my herb garden. I do it with care, thinking of this time not as a chore, but as a celebration of nature. Those moments of vacation are the times I stop on my walk with my RussellClive and enjoy my neighbor’s daffodils. The daily walk could be considered a chore, but instead it’s a vacation. I haven’t figured out how to incorporate washing to dishes into this ‘perfect vacation day’ but maybe one day that won’t feel like a chore either.
One of my favorite poems suggests that every day can be a perfect vacation.
“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day.”
I challenge you to consider what makes YOUR perfect ‘vacation day?”
1. Make a List of all things you like to do on vacation.
2. Tomorrow, choose to do one of those things.
3. Tomorrow, ‘vacate’ the stress of your every day routine for 1 minute. Wake up and think: “Today is like a vacation! I’ll still do all my work, but it’s going to be perfect!”
How was your vacation? I’d love to hear about it.