It’s hard to stop working. Sometimes, when I try not to work, I just keep thinking more about work and what I need to get done. But, that’s about to change.
I’m watching the Christmas tree in the living room, to the left, and I’m watching the fire in the fireplace, to the right. I’m thinking about how much I’ve been working this year, and that right now, I was not going to be working. But, here I am, typing on my computer. It’s all about the definition of work I guess. I’m writing this blog post, that’s it. I’m typing it fast, I just want to get this out of my head, and that’s all the work I’m doing this Christmas. I’m doing the work, while my family is sleeping. I’m thinking that they won’t notice. But, I’m not really sure.
As I’m writing this, I’m thinking of the time when I was not working when I visited Italy in September. One week, without being online. At the same time, I’m thinking of how I was working when I was living in a tent. I got a lot done, but It was different. It was like I wasn’t exactly working.
I was much more relaxed in Italy, then I’ve ever been. The reason, was that I had decided that I wasn’t going to work, and that I was more or less just relaxing in the sun and walking, visiting some very nice small villages. I was eating pizza, and just relaxing. I guess I just said that, but I was really focusing hard on relaxing and unplugging from everything.
I didn’t think about work, not for a minute. It was easier than I thought it would be. I was in a different country. The weather was awesome. And I was experiencing a lot of new things and meeting new people.
What happened was that, when I arrived home, my head was full of ideas, and I had more energy than ever. I didn’t plan for anything to happen. I just arrived in Norway, at the airport, with all these ideas and thoughts about life, that I didn’t have when I left home.
That’s what happened when I was not working.
Now, at the end of the year, I’m thinking that like Kaarina, I am looking for a simpler time. I want peace, happiness, health, focus and results. And, I believe that I’ll get it by not working for short periods, and by not being online as much as I’ve been. Right now, I’m about to watch Stefan Sagmeister’s TED talk for the third time. And, I recommend that you do as well. His talk inspired me to plan 2014 to be a very different year.
Stefan Sagmeister, explains the power of time off. He closes his design studio for 1 year, every 7 years – and the results are… well, watch it and you’ll see.
Let me know, what are you doing this Christmas?