Ah, Saturday. For me, it’s typically the first of a two-day weekend. Just wrapped up a five-day run with work. Now you can put that aside for a few days; you ain’t gotta worry about the boss or “work work.”
Saturday. A free day to chill…or catch up/do on “all the things,” right? Laundry. Cleaning. Grocery store. Other errands. Meal Prep. That party at a friends house (clearly not now because COVID, but you get it…). That day trip to see the folks…
The Saturday list can start to add up very quickly and easily.
I’ve been there. Done that. And I’ll tell you: It’s cool sometimes. It really is. I’m super productive and I am DIALED IN, you hear me? But a lot of times, I find myself rolling into Sunday tired from Saturday and sitting around Sunday dreading Monday.
Recently, I’ve discovered a game changer, and I do my best to do this every Saturday: CHILL OUT COMPLETELY ON SATURDAYS. What does that mean?
- No housework
- No errands
- No appointments/commitments
- No nothing. I do nothing but things that are relaxing. Things that are refreshing and life-giving.
My “Do Nothing Day” has helped me stop and re-calibrate. Take time for myself to simply pause, reflect, and be restored. If God can make the earth in 6 days and rest on the 7th, I’m pretty sure I can sit down for a day and do the same.
When I started doing this, sure, it was tempting to slide in a couple errands/tasks here and there. “It’s just a little dusting. It’s just a quick look at emails,” I’d tell myself….4 hours later, my house is clean; food’s cooked; and I’ve had full-on email conversations with coworkers. And I’ve used up most my “free day.”
It’s a little weird at first, but over time, I’ve come to look forward to “Do Nothing Day” on Saturday. Instead of filling my Saturdays with chores/tasks and appointments, my day’s typically filled “doing” the following:
- Reading/catching up on a good book.
- Doing some stretches
- Streaming that movie I heard about during the week
- Go fishing
- Taking a walk in the park
- (pre-COVID) Taking a relaxing day trip to a city to get a massage; go to a sit-down restaurant; etc.
One thing to note about “Do Nothing Day”: Don’t get all rigid with this. This day is a day meant for YOU to relax, reflect, and be restored. Find those activities that bring you to that state. If it’s knitting, do it. If it’s volunteering a few hours at an organization, go after it!
Since Saturdays are typically my day, I try to have food cooked the night before. However, I’m not pressed if I gotta pop something in the stove and warm it up. And I’m not trippin’ when I go to rinse out a cup or spend all of like 5 minutes scraping off food and placing a dish in the dishwasher. Don’t overthink it :).
If you’re already participating in a “Do Nothing Day”, I’d love to hear in the comments how you go about doing that: What day? What do you do? Why?
Or if you’re feeling compelled to try out a day to just pause/rest, I’d love to hear about your efforts, too!