On vacation, I did a lot of thinking, praying, thinking, reading, and talking. I’ve been a bit worried about my pace of life, and I despaired that I had to bring work with me on my vacation. Yep, I even brought my crackberry, much to the chagrin of my kids who see my need for rest. All I really want is simplicity.
It seems obvious that I should’ve rested on vacation, right?
And for the most part I did, but with my responsibilities to The Writers View as well as various other writing and mentoring duties, I had a hard time letting go.
When I returned home, I started purging and using the word NO. Some of what I did included:
- Saying no to endorsements. I’m sad about this, but I simply cannot squeeze in another book to read right now.
- Unsubscribed from several emails. This has really de-cluttered my inbox.
- Bought this book: Getting Things Done by David Allen.
- Contacted my CPA and scheduled an appointment to talk about my options in terms of incorporating.
- Got sick one evening and spent the time watching cooking and decorating shows. Oh how I needed that.
- Kept my speaking fees at one level. At this point in my life, travel is a problem. It saps my strength and takes me away from my family. So if I speak, it has to be worth the time away.
- Prayed through a new decision after my dear, dear agent moved on. It’s an interesting time for me, so having to find a new agent actually feels like anticipation for what’s next, though I grieve losing her. I’m expectant to see what God will do and who He will lead me to.
- I kept my workspace clutter free.
- Just saying no in general. I’m learning there’s only one me, not five. So the one me has to say no, or I’ll break up into five frazzled people.
- I still try to keep dinner with my family a sacred time, slowing down while I prepare dinner, savoring the creativity.
- I spent time in the garden to clear my head.
- Unfortunately, though, in the busy-ness of coming back, I haven’t exercised. (But Boot Camp will come on Monday and then I’ll be sore, but happy.)
What about you? What clever, useful things have you done to de-busy-fy your life? I’d love your insight. Your wisdom. Your suggestions.