How does it feel to work straight for a week?
And how does it feel to work straight for a month without any single day to rest?
For sure, it would be tiring, right? Your body might possibly break down. That’s why we need some day offs.
If you’re working, you can relate to this article.
Since I started working way back September 2011 up until now, day offs were already part of my professional life. When I was still working in the Philippines, I used to have 2 days off.
Then, what did I do with those days?
At first, I just spent almost all of the time at home, sleeping and watching movies and texting my friends. Sometimes, I washed my uniforms and clothes. In other words, it was all about “me” time.
Things started to change when I became a member of Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon, a Catholic charismatic movement of single professionals with the mission of “Christifying our Workplaces”.
Instead of spending my day off at home, I started to go out with my brothers and sisters. We had fellowship activities and some outreach programs. I spent time with my family in Bohol by calling them. In other words, I’ve got new things to do to get busy.
When I went abroad and got a job, I only had 1 day off since I’m working in sales. I found it hard to adjust during the first few months. I missed the things I’m doing when I was still in the Philippines. Since I couldn’t any more do the things I used to do, I challenged myself to find some activities just to keep me busy on my day off.
Hence, I started blogging and for more than a year, this consumes most of my day offs. Aside from getting busy, I also enhance my thinking and writing skills. I also spend time reading motivational and self-help books which I believe have a positive impact in my life. I also continue to spend time with my family via skype and most the time my focus now is on the things I can benefit most and will find myself productive today and in the future.
I know we have different priorities in life. I know we have the same 24 hours a day. But I also believe that we can be more productive with our day if we always remind ourselves to do good things in a positive way.
You can do a lot of things during your day off aside from wasting most of your time scrolling your Facebook Newsfeed and gossiping with your friends. Invest time on things you can benefit with in the future. Don’t settle yet with your current situation. Dream and commit with your dreams.
Finally, don’t forget to have enough time to rest and sleep. Above all, don’t forget to have a personal time with the Lord in prayer or in Scripture.
I have no idea about the things you’re doing in your day offs now. And my point here is not to brag about the things I’ve been busy with but I’m just here to remind you that every minute of your life counts. “Time is gold” as they say. Therefore, always encourage yourself to find the golden opportunity in every situation in your life.
Yes, I agree that the more day offs you have, chances are you’ll be more productive too. But if you’re not doing anything with those days, chances are the ones having only one day off doing the important things in life, most likely, will be more successful than you in the future.
Think. Reflect. God bless your day off.
To your rich future,
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