How to Plan a Personal Day
How to know you need a “Me Day”:
How to Plan a Personal Day:
7:30am: Wake up. Oh, you thought you could sleep in til 11? NO! You need to make the most out of this day! While I would highly discourage wasting your day by hitting snooze, it would be okay if you spent some time waking up slowly. When was the last time you just laid in bed for 20 minutes? That sounds like magic. Don’t forget to make your bed! You’ll be so happy you did at the end of the night.
8:30ish: Go for a run / yoga / something athletic and preferably outside. If you really want to de-stress, exercise is just the trick. Also, I think it is really important to leave the house early and get moving, because it will kickstart your entire day. Get out of the house before 9am and you will be super productive the rest of the day.
930am-11am ish: Shower, let your hair air dry, do your nails (hands & feet!) Seriously just spend some time on personal grooming and all the routines you usually rush through in the morning as you’re running out the door.
1130am: Get back outside. Go out to lunch alone. It’s kind of fun! I suggest bringing a mindless gossip magazine, or have all the bloggers you’ve been meaning to catch up on preloaded in your iPad. If you need some inspiration, here are some of our girl crushes right now:
3:30pm: Girl you’ve been busy already! If you haven’t already, go get some Starbucks.
4pm: So you’ve spent the majority of your day so far doing really fun personal tasks. Now, you are going to do something that you said you would always do if you had the chance: Go grocery shopping during the DAY TIME to beat the after-work crowd. You don’t have much time, because it’s already 4:00, but if you make a list before you get there, you will be able to zoom through there and get everything you need.
5:15pm If you’re still feeling the productivity rush from the grocery store, maybe you can spend time putting them all away, but that’s as much responsibility I’m going to give you today. Usually you’d be packing up your work bag and getting ready for your commute home, but today you get to skip all of that. So prepare dinner like the adult you are! Crack open that bottle of wine you got earlier, and get your Julia Child on.
There’s no guilt in taking a personal day.
Personal days don’t come by often, but there shouldn’t be any guilt in realizing that it’s time to reset and rejuvenate your mind and body. If you follow my plan above to make the most of your time off, you’ll cover all the necessary bases: some much needed personal relaxation, a healthy portion of mental rejuvenation, and a tiny bit of productivity!
What else would you squeeze into your Me Day?