The end of the year has rapidly appeared, as it usually does, and again I found myself with a ton of vacation days to use. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a happy problem to have, but at the same time it reminded me how much I neglected to take time away from the office this past year.
In an effort to not toss that time into the wind, I took last week off from my full time gig. I didn’t have anything planned. I wasn’t going anywhere. Typically when I do a staycation, I’ll plan a ton of stuff to do locally. Lunches, shows, etc. This time, I didn’t.
Sure, I had grand ideas of things I’d get done around the house, like clean out the storage closet in my basement that’s full of stuff I haven’t looked at since I moved in five years ago. And clean my garage. And teach myself how to bake kick-ass bread. And read a few books.
I did none of that. I did a whole lot of nothing. I stayed up late and played guitar. I slept until 10 a.m. and went to the gym. I watched a ton of movies/TV shows on Hulu. I did a little Christmas shopping. I finished one of the six books I’m in the middle of. I put up Christmas decorations.
Ok, so maybe I need to check the definition of nothing, but compared to a normal week and everything I intended to get done, it was pretty lazy. And while lazy it may have been, I did still learn something about myself during that time. I need some kind of deadline in order to get anything productive done. If my boss comes to me and says “I need a report on this done by end of day.” BAM, I crank that sucker out, stat. If a family member needs me to do something, I do it right then and there. But when it comes to my own stuff, if there’s no sense of urgency, I just don’t do it until I feel like doing it. That mode of operation translates to a lot of procrastination, wasted time and stress because I get pissed at myself for not following through.
That’s what I’m working on as we head into the New Year – personal time management and motivation. I need to learn how to do things for the sake of getting them done, not because there’s a looming deadline or because someone else needs me to do it. I need to devote more time to doing productive things and less time to distractions. I’m not calling it a resolution, because I hate New Year’s resolutions. Let’s just call it a continuation of my personal evolution.
(Did she just say she hate’s New Year’s resolutions? I did. More on that to come.)