Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

What to do on a day of rest

Sunday is my day of rest. Your leisure day may be a different on of the week. Or you may be among those unfortunate people who never get a day of rest.

Years ago I clipped an article by Dr. Joyce Brothers asking the question, "Do you have enough fun?" It is even more pertinent now than it was then. Because Americans are working harder now than they have in a long time. The author suggested some ideas for having more fun. I quote:
  • Get lost in the moment - When we are truly having fun, we briefly drop out of time, focus on the moment and lose ourselves in it.
  • Be incomparable - You cannot have fun and free your spirit if you fear comparisons and criticisms.
  • Accept yourself - Realistic self-acceptance gives us the strength to be ourselves, to laugh at what we find funny. . .
  • If you don't enjoy it, don't do it - Fun is a very personal matter.
Being stuck in a rut is a trap for many of us. And I think that is what has happened with me. It is easy to do if you are retired and do not have a structured work week. I am retired so exhaustion is not my problem. Mine is a lack of a variety of different kinds of things to do. The cliche, "think outside the box," might work as a way to solve this problem. I am asking myself what that means for me, and I invite you to ask yourself that same question.
If your challenge is to get more rest, here are some ideas that might help. Tackle obsessiveness and perfectionism, if those traits may you work harder than you need to. Ask yourself if there are ways you can "work smarter rather than harder," to use another cliche. Ask for more help from others, if your tendency is to do it all yourself. Establish a predictable bedtime routine if you are plagued by insomnia. Use your time to save money, rather than work a second job. Take mini-breaks; a five minute period with your eyes closed paying attention to healthy breathing will do wonders for your brain.
Be my guest. Have more days of rest. And Make Good Mondays for yourself.

Cross-posted at Southwest Blogger
My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about following the rule of law.
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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.