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11 Tips to Get the Most From Your Days Off | Scott H Young

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11 Tips to Get the Most From Your Days Off | Scott H Young
In Japan, they have a condition called "karoshi". Karoshi means "death due to overwork" and it is common enough that they actually have an organization for it, the National Defense Counsel for Victims of Karoshi. The group claims nearly 10,000 Japanese die from overwork each year.

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The Importance Of a Proper Work Break

The Importance Of a Proper Work Break

The need to relax and take a break from work is a requirement for your body. But, studies show people are happier at work–even while claiming they rather be at home.

The contradiction may be a consequence of a lack of thought into how days off are spent. Leisure, if no thought is applied, often ends up being wasted in low-reward thoughtless activity.

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Divide Your Work And Leisure Time

Divide Your Work And Leisure Time

Not keeping them separate tends to decrease performance in both. Working on your days off, your body starts being lazy during your workday to compensate.

Committing to work only during a certain time period helps to combat the tendency to mix work and pleasure.

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Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Some people do fine with unstructured days off, but others can better enjoy themselves when they plan fun things to do even when they don’t follow them perfectly.

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Keep Your Bookshelf Full

Keep Your Bookshelf Full

If you enjoy reading, reading provides an easy way to avoid wasting your days off. If you don’t enjoy reading, that’s okay too–days off are about relaxing, not productivity.

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Keep An Events Calendar

Keep An Events Calendar

Keep a calendar that can store potential activities you might like to take part in. Unless you need to buy tickets well in advance, this planning ensures you’ll always have options for interesting things to do.

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Join Clubs And Classes

Join Clubs And Classes

Try ones for things you’ve always wanted to try instead of the academic ones. Learning without pressure can be relaxing as it takes your mind off results and onto process.

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Have a Slow Day

Have a Slow Day

Stop your time management routine for a day and aim to be as slow as possible.

Wake up early and spend an hour cooking breakfast, two hours reading and walk everywhere instead of driving. It can be refreshing to aim for the opposite of a typically busy lifestyle.

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Meditate

Meditate

Meditation doesn’t need to be long and uncomfortable, it may just mean having some extra time with your thoughts. 

Sort out all those ideas that have been jumping around in your head but you haven’t had time to think through.

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Look At The Big Picture

Look At The Big Picture

Spend a day reviewing your life’s trajectory to inject new energy into goals that might otherwise lose motivation over time.

Check what’s going well and what isn’t? Plan, set big goals or adapt your approach. 

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Connect

Connect

Contact people you haven’t talked to in a few months. Call up old friends and drop people messages to meet up.

Don’t let your relationships wither and die because you are too busy to invest your time.

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Work Hard, Play Hard

Work Hard, Play Hard

Make your most intense workday the one before your day off

This gives you an incentive to complete more and work harder, knowing you have the entire next day to relax.

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Half And Quarter-Day Vacations

Half And Quarter-Day Vacations

If your schedule won’t allow a complete day off, try to squeeze in either a half or quarter day vacation in.

This is better than trying to squeeze in break times every few minutes to compensate for a lack of time off.

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  • A WD system makes you proactive. With a bigger picture in mind, it's easier to put in the important but not urgent tasks.
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“Most people have no clue what they are doing with their time but still complain that they don’t have enough.”..."

Grant Cardone

“When the goal is merely to ‘get through’ the day as quickly as possible, life will pass full of regrets. Time becomes the great taskmaster when it should be the liberator. Time is endured rather than enjoyed.”
“When the goal is merely to ‘get through’ the day as quickly as possible, life will pass full of regrets. Time becomes the great taskmaster when it should be the liberator. Time is endured rather than enjoyed.”

Understanding time

You have all the time in the world if you know how to utilize the time you’re given.

There are no limits on time. You can complete as much work as you want — if you have the right mindset and environment

Learning to Learn

Learning new skills increases your motivation, makes you more adaptable, relatable, interesting and helps you get better jobs and earn more money.

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Writing

Like any skill, you learn by doing. And make a commitment to write publicly.

You learn better when people can actually see your work. It forces you to do your very best. It gives you accountability. You get feedback from others and improved based on it.

Public Speaking

Nothing builds confidence more than doing a successful public speech. So seek opportunities to speak in front of groups.

  • Start with people you’re comfortable with (friends and family). 
  • Talk about subjects you’re passionate about. 
  • Be aware of people's reactions and interest levels and adapt accordingly. You'll get better in time.