"The best way to find time for leisure is to simply claim it."
Getting out of the house with the kids--and not shopping--helps me to relax and recharge. It takes my mind off of everything my upholder brain thinks I should be doing.
At one point in my life, I thought leisure was just something I should reward myself with after completing a to-do list.
If I still believed that, I would always be stuck at home in an endless pit of chores or in front of my laptop working on projects, especially now that I have kids.
It's taken me awhile, but I now know I just need to go. I need to plan a little outing and leave the house. I let my phone stay in the stroller, unless I'm taking pictures or videos, and just try to be present.
And, with Nishantha's encouragement, I'm also able to just drop everything and do something like get a massage without "earning" it.
I have learned to make leisure a priority in our family. I think, "Today's a zoo day." jump in the car, and I let everything else go. And, as a result, we are all happier, and I am even more productive.
How do you claim your leisure time?
P.S. Have you ever thought about how we instill the belief that leisure time must be earned into our students and children. It's not arbitrary.
Quote: I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam
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