Steve Scott’s Day Off

This is being written on my last day in London, England.  Early tomorrow morning I’ll hop a flight to Geneva, Switzerland.  But I don’t want to talk about today.  Instead, I’d like to give a review of what I did yesterday:

  • Slept in till 10:30 in the morning
  • Had a nice long breakfast/lunch
  • Responded to a few personal emails and messages
  • Posted all my pictures from Scotland to my personal Facebook account
  • Took a nice long nap in the late afternoon
  • Ran 9 miles in Hyde Park
  • Read the new Dan Brown book for 2 hours
  • Watched the latest episode of True Blood
  • And watched the movie, “Hot Tub Time Machine.”  (A surprisingly funny movie.)

So why should you care about all this?  To answer that, I’ll respond with my own question.  What do all of these activities have in common?  If you noticed, none of them have to do with working OR traveling. They were all activities I find relaxing and enjoyable…part of my own personal ‘day off.’

The Importance of the Rest Day

The title of this post is a homage to the greatest slacker in cinema history, Ferris Bueller.  I think ole Ferris got it right when he said, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’

I learned the value of the “rest day” when I first started running 20 years ago.  The most beneficial period of an exercise cycle doesn’t come from the days of effort.  They happen during those rest breaks between hard days.  Yes, it’s important to push yourself.  But at the same time it’s equally vital to take it easy once or twice a week.

The same can be applied to work.  You want to give maximum effort while you’re working.  But when you’re done, you should be done.   No checking emails 20 times a day or listening to your voice mail messages every five minutes.  Time off from work should be spent on relaxation and time with those you love.

Finally, let’s talk about traveling.  Visiting new places is a lot of fun.  And it’s only human nature to want to see everything you possibly can.  But you can’t do the tourist thing every day, for 14+ hours.  Trust me… it quickly gets exhausting.

Life Isn’t a “To-Do List”

I love “To-Do Lists.”  In fact, I still use a variation of the list I described back in February.  The problem with them is there’s a huge temptation to fill up every day with stuff to do.  Sometimes the best days are the ones spent doing nothing.  Yesterday, I didn’t do a damn thing.  But it was one of the more enjoyable days I’ve spent in the last couple of weeks.

Plus, I’m now ready to go to Switzerland fully rested and ready to have some fun.  I’m going to do some hiking, a little bit of whitewater rafting and perhaps I’ll try canyoning again.  It’s these days of “recharging the batteries” that allow me to enjoy many of the others during my 9 month journey.

So as I leave this post, I’d like to give another great quote from Ferris, ‘Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off people.’

The quote doesn’t really have anything to do with this post…but after 20+ years it still makes me laugh.

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10 thoughts on “Steve Scott’s Day Off”

  1. Other than the misguided notion that John Lennon is a model for good thinking, Ferris is insightful as always. Down with isms. I feel a rant coming on. I have to say that your trip is a model for what travel ought to be. Maybe you should write a travel book.

    • Uh Oh. Don’t want to be the start of a rant. Specifically if it goes against the Beatles, I would feel bad trying to fend off the mob with their pitchforks and torches in such a situation.

  2. Hi Steve, how very astute of you to write about your day off. It reminds me of that old wisdom that no one in their death bed ever says they wish they worked more. I think it’s tragic when people get in their heads that to live is to work. While I’m not blind to the slippery slope that leads one toward this kind of mentality (especially if they’re really good at what they do), it skews perspective and makes life too one-dimensional. Life is meant to be lived, not to be “worked”.

    Have fun in Switzerland.

    • Thanks Belinda, I will have a great time. 🙂

      You are right too. Focus on work is great. I will even go as far as to say nearly essential to be “really” sucessful. But everyone needs time off to decompress and just “chill”.

      Like nearly anything, do too much and it is a bad habit. But just enough is good.

  3. Hi Steve,

    Perhaps we should consider some “Not To Do Lists” for those days off, although, that would create the stress of keeping up with the “nothing” list; now I got confused myself…I think I better take a break 🙂


  4. Steve,

    You forgot to mention that you also published a post on your day off 🙂 (Or may be you scheduled it just the day before?)

    I feel “Take a day off” should be an item in itself on the To-Do List. Now what do you think about that one?

    And btw, regarding the question for which I’m awaiting a response from you in the comments of my last post,… there’s one good hint in this post of yours on what I have in mind as a “solution”. I’m eager to see whether you can hit the nail on the head as far as my anticipation goes 🙂


    • Most of my posts are scheduled to some point. It is the only way I can be pretty sure to get something out every day regardless of what, “happens”. Having a day off on your “to do” could be a good idea, it depends on the person. For me, taking the occasional time off is no issue, therefor no need to schedule it. But if a person NEVER wants to organically take time off, it is a great idea!

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