Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Taking a Day Off

Relaxation DayOn Sunday I had my first Day Off.

When I decided to make my business into my full-time pursuit, I knew one of the dangers was going to be working to the exclusion of all else. With that in mind I committed to "no work Sundays". On Sunday, I wouldn't answer emails, I wouldn't sit and program on the computer (in fact I try very hard not to sit in front of the computer at all). My goal for the day was to relax, be with my wife, and maybe complete a project or two around the house.

Believe it or not, I found this very difficult. I didn't realize how much of a habit it is for me to work (I'm sure much to my parents' utter shock). I had to consciously stop myself from walking into my office and plunking down in front of the computer.

It did feel good to do some actual physical tasks for a change. This week I spent time recording and filing the comic books I've purchased over the last month (and those I received as a Christmas gift from my wonderful sister-in-law, JoAnn). What, you didn't know I collected comic books? Oh, I do. Believe me, I do!

Wish me luck next Sunday!

So, do you have trouble leaving the "office" behind? How do you do it?


Debby said...

It is now 10:52 PM. I am still working. I am your mother. Maybe it is genetic.

Spencer said...

I used to always bring work home. Then I had kids...

Now, I only do it sometimes. I still get on the computer, but I'm doing a crossword or filing photos (which is NOT work!) or something like that.