Too much of something is always bad enough, and that definitely applies to work. While it’s admirable to be mean, working machine, it becomes counterproductive if you don’t know when to take a break. Many people are apprehensive when taking their days off because they’re afraid of not being productive. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Your off days don’t have to mean that you would just lounge in the living room all day watching TV. There are ways to feel productive on your off days without sacrificing your well-deserved break.
Here are some tips that will help you feel more productive during your off days:
Break a Sweat
Whether you prefer lifting weights in the gym or running a trail, one of the best ways to spend your off days is to exercise. As you might know already, exercises are great for busting stress which you accumulated during the work days. By breaking a sweat during your off days, you will never feel like you haven’t done anything productive. Men’s Fitness compiled a list of 10 workouts you can do from the comfort of your home in under 20 minutes.
Join Clubs or Classes
Not necessarily instructional classes for your degree, but courses of instruction for cool things you’ve always desired to try. Martial arts training, cooking, dancing, public speaking and playing a musical instrument are all readily available. Learning new skills without pressure is often stress-free as it takes the mind off the end results and into the process itself.
Look at the Big Picture
Spend your off day looking at your life’s trajectory. What’s going well and what are the things that aren’t? Make use of the entire day to plan, establish new goals or totally change your approach. Your off days can provide new and fresh energy into your goals which may otherwise lose its motivation after a while.
Taking a break is essential if you wish to make the most out of your productivity and keep your sanity. Taking your off days doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do anything. With these tips, you will still feel productive even if it’s your day off.