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Learn to Enjoy Your Downtime

I'm a pretty active guy. If you ask me how I've been, my response is likely to be “busy.” With five kids and two businesses, “busy” is normal.

If I am not working, I feel like I'm being “lazy.” And “lazy” is a bad word where I come from, right up there with “worthless.” As in, “There's that lazy bum, doesn't he ever do anything besides watch TV and play video games?”

But perhaps lazy shouldn't be a bad word. Certainly we all need to work to put food on the table, but maybe it is good to be lazy at times.

This weekend I was lazy. I did go to the gym on Saturday morning, but then flopped on the couch and binge-watched an entire season of “Raising Dion,” a show about a kid with supernatural powers. I hung out with my kids, played video games, watched a few movies, kicked the soccer ball around, played some cards, and read a little.

Outside, the leaves sat on the ground. They aren't bad yet, but enough to make me a little uncomfortable that I didn't get out and clean them up. They'll be there next weekend though for me to deal with, along with lots of their buddies.

I didn't do any “hustling.” Beyond answering a few emails, I didn't touch either of my businesses. I just enjoyed the downtime with my family. 

Perhaps some of you will call that being lazy, in the derogatory sense. But I've learned to appreciate a lovely lazy weekend. You don't always have to be busy. Sometimes having the opportunity to slow down and enjoy life is what makes for a truly fantastic day.

Maybe Bruno was right; there's a time where people should leave a message at the tone. Give yourself permission to enjoy a lazy day or evening from time to time. I know I will.

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Don Smith

Don Smith is a coach and founder of The Personal Growth Channel, LLC. His specialty is in helping busy professionals find balance, get results, and rekindle the joy in their life. To work with Don, please click here.