Who Made Downtime a Crime?

Who Made Downtime a Crime?We are a week into the New Year. Are you rocking those resolutions? Yes? Good for you. No? Join the club. This is not another blog about how to achieve your goals. This is rare to hear from a motivational speaker, I know. Rather, this blog is about  freedom, balance and less pressure.

Here’s the deal. I don’t know about you, but after the hubbub of gifting, decorating, traveling, partying, entertaining, and cleaning– I am wiped out. I don’t want to run a marathon. I don’t want to unplug or join the gym. I want to run to my bed and get into the fetal position.

When January 1 hits, there is a ton of pressure to set goals and get a move-on. I say WAIT! Don’t get me wrong, I think goals are wildly important. I also think timing is everything. I am going to kick off my New Year February 1 because I am just not ready to dive into productivity quite yet. That is probably perfect timing because I will be well rested and back into the routine. Plus, the gym starts to clear out.

Downtime does not equal slacker (unless you never get into gear). You shouldn’t feel guilty for wearing your jammies past noon. Don’t regret curling up on the couch with a good book (just finished, “This is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper, which was great!) Binge watching a series on Netflix does not make you a loser. Who made downtime a crime?!? Downtime has value. A friend recently said, “How is it possible that I’m already BEHIND! Darn holidays!” What?!? Give yourself a break. Don’t just look at the first day of the year as your big opportunity. Every month is a new start. Every day is a new start.

Give yourself permission to just BE for now.

Start your engines…when you are good and READY

Some of us need downtime before GO time.

What are your thoughts about New Year’s Resolutions?