Why I give myself one ‘nothing’ day per week

Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something – Winnie the Pooh

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‘Nothing’ days

I watched Christopher Robin last week (if you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST because it’s just so sweet!) and there was one quote in the film that really stuck with me.

Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something – Winnie the Pooh

A lot of us have internet-based jobs (and hobbies) and it can be easy to get sucked into the never-ending stream of things to do, articles to read and images to share. Last year I fell into the habit of filling my weekends (and weekday evenings) with things to do.

I think we can all assume what the end results of that were – I constantly felt like I was playing catchup and I never really felt like I was giving my all to the events and tasks I was taking on.

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This year, I’ve decided to be stricter with myself when it comes to time off – and I’ve set concrete rules for how many tasks/events I commit myself to during each week.

The new rules go as follows: no more than two post-work events per week and no less than one day in over the weekend.

Of course, there are some exceptions to these rules (last week I had events every evening, but I paid the price on Friday with a horrible migraine!) but the important thing is that I am working towards sticking to these rules, and as a result giving myself more ‘nothing’ time.

Isabel Mayfair Eggs Benedict

Goals, goals, goals

Sometimes I feel like unless we’re juggling multiple successful projects (while also working out, and keeping our space clean and tidy) we’re not doing it right. When I haven’t worked out as often as I want to during the week, or I haven’t got round to cleaning my flat, I feel so guilty and I can’t rest until I’ve done it!

I don’t think this is healthy, this constant urge to complete EVERY task before we can relax because the truth is, that means we often get through the week, month or year without once pausing to breathe.

Now, my ‘nothing’ days during the week are my favourites. I’ll go for brunch with friends, and not watch the clock or think about productive things I could be doing with the time. I’ll read that book I’ve had on my bedside table for weeks without touching. Or, I’ll go out for dinner with my boyfriend and not once check my phone to see how many likes my most recent Instagram has got.

Having goals (big and small) is useful for productivity, but we don’t need to be productive ALL the time. Sometimes, doing nothing gives us some mental space to reflect on things, and when I give myself time to do that I find I’m more focused on the projects and events I do give my time to.

Are you good at giving yourself ‘nothing’ days? Is it something you wish you were better at? I would love to know!