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.Take Action. Get Results.