I used to be a person who was opposed to taking time off. Part of me was afraid that management would think I was a slacker for taking a mental health day. Or breaks in general. I was the employee who would literally work 9 hours straight. No fifteen minute rests in the morning or afternoon. No lunch breaks. Part of me was afraid that I would waste paid time off on a vacation on the off-chance I might get really sick and need that PTO. Luckily, my employer provides flu shots free of charge each Autumn, and I always take advantage of the perk. I’ve had two blitzkrieg illnesses since I started working for my current employer, and when I say “blitzkrieg illnesses”, I mean I become violently ill for 24 hours, but I’m back to work the next day feeling better than ever (albeit a little hungrier than usual). But for the past two months, work has been dreadfully slow. And, while I find that I’m incredibly bored, I also find that I’m just feeling unmotivated and really worn out. So, I put in a time off request, and I don’t think I could have planned for a better weekend. Usually, my three-day weekends are a total waste. I usually lounge around in pajamas all day and play video games for more hours than I care to admit. But that was not this weekend. Maybe it was the weather that made me feel so motivated because goodness knows it was pretty much perfect. But, this was perhaps the most productive weekend ever, and somehow it feels…refreshing.
It strikes me as odd that I wake up earlier on my days off than I do on days I have work. But, I took advantage of the extra hour by finally doing my taxes (just in the nick of time) and starting Spring Cleaning. I hate cleaning, so I’ve created a reward system to keep myself motivated throughout this process. For each section of the apartment that I tackle, I get a prize. The easier the room, the smaller the prize. For example, I cleaned up Fargo’s cat lair (which is really just a pantry that he gets to use as a romp room), so I rewarded myself with this new, Harry Potter travel mug. It’s a Tervis!
The grand prize is some patio furniture, so I can read outside on my balcony. That is reserved for when I tackle the bedroom. Even though we’ve lived here for over a year, we never actually “moved in” to the bed room. I still pluck clothes out of suitcases in the morning. And, because Jon and Fargo and I are the only ones allowed in there, I never bothered to organize it. Needless to say, it’s the most chaotic room in the house, so I really need something like patio furniture to motivate me to organize it.
In twenty-four hours, I’ve written and scheduled four blog posts, and I’ve created a to-do list with several more awesome ideas (thanks Asana!). I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this kind of blogging productivity in my entire blogging “career”. Do you know how many times I’ve visited the WordPress Themes page this weekend? Too many to count! But, I’ve forced myself to write instead of engaging in faux-productivity.
I started reading Soulless by Gail Carriger a few days ago, and I’m in love with it so far. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of stories about vampires and werewolves at all, but Carriger’s world is so unique and her voice is so clever, that I’m finding myself in love with her supernatural lore.
I don’t really have anything to add here that wasn’t already addressed in my post, Granola Bars for La Peligrosa, but I made homemade freaking granola bars. How awesome!
How have you been lately, dear reader? Have you started that pesky Spring Cleaning? Have you cooked anything amazing lately? What are you currently reading?