We spend a good part of our lives with our heads down looking at a screen. It’s the facts of life, but it doesn’t have to be the reality of a personal day. Step away from the computer! Go for a walk in nature, take a yoga class, and uncrink your neck from its usual 90-degree angle. You, and your body, deserve it.
How many times have you said “I really want to see that,” when someone mentions a new art exhibit or film? Now is your time. Personal days are great for culture vultures with busy schedules. Plus you can avoid weekend crowds. Get inspired in your own work, and be part of the conversation again.
If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and feel a little run down then it’s only a matter of time before full-blown illness takes hold. Sickness is your body telling you enough is enough, so instead, be the one to call it. Spend a personal day sleeping in, consuming vitamin C, soaking up sunshine, or getting a massage.
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If you’ve fallen into the rut of daily living, try switching it up. It’s as simple as taking a new route on your morning run, or hitting up a coffee shop in another neighborhood. Stepping outside of comfort zones and seeing fresh scenery can heighten creativity and lead to more innovative thinking.
Don’t feel guilty
Use personal days strategically (if possible, of course things pop up that are unavoidable) and you won’t spend them answering emails or feeling guilty that you’re missing a big presentation. Once you do commit to taking the day off, really take it off.