I took the day off work yesterday.
I had a total of 8 hours PTO accrued.
So, obviously, I used every last one of them.
Even if I didn’t have the time accrued, I would have happily taken the day off – without pay – to get out of the office. I needed some time away from our frigid cold building. Outside in the sunshine. Before winter takes over and I’m curled up inside all day long.
I needed the time to be productive with life things.
And I needed the time to do some fun things.
For the past few months, I wasn’t able to justify taking the time off work if it wasn’t for a family vacation. Or if I wasn’t stuck in bed, sick and snotty. After all, I’m done with work at 4:30 every day. And I don’t bring any work home with me anymore. So the hours between clocking out at work and bedtime are mine to do absolutely anything I want with. Whether that be “productive life things” or “fun things.”
But even though I’m sitting around all day at work, feeling under-stimulated and under-utilized, I feel a sense of exhaustion when I get home.
Can you be mentally drained when you’re not using your brain all that much?
I just needed yesterday. A day playing hooky.
There’s something about starting a brand new day with a fresh mind (and a nice big cuppa coffee from Starbucks). My mind doesn’t think clearly after 8 hours of copying and pasting in Excel spreadsheets. It’s like the mindlessness of my days bleeds into my evenings.
I am so grateful for my job.
And I love the people I work with a whole lot.
But I need more projects and more purpose in my day. I started this wellness initiative at work and that is honestly bringing me so much joy.
I just feel like I need more.
So, having days like yesterday where I can step away from it all and think clearly was a really helpful step in figuring out this LIFE thing.
And the best part about taking off on a Thursday…
…is that it’s ALREADY (almost) the weekend!
Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Questions of the Day:
- Do you take “mental health” days or reserve your days off for obligations or sickness?
- If you took the day off work today, what would you be doing?