Take a day off per week

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When I was still in graduate school and finishing my doctorate, I remember having a conversation with my former PhD advisor on my goals, and the things I wanted to achieve, and so on. I clearly recall that he said “even though I want you to work hard, you should take AT LEAST one day off per week – 24 hours where you don’t think about your thesis and recharge your batteries”

I find myself having a hard time sometimes with this particular productivity tip. However, for example, last night I slept 15 hours and today I decided to write on my blog only a couple of things that were focused on productivity, rather than trying to write more in-depth stuff.

Today, I’ll be offline for the rest of today, mostly, and will spend some time doing some work around the house, although I do have a couple of grant proposals that need to go out, but those are mostly done. So, my recommendation is – if you can (and you certainly *should* be able to!) take a day off per week. It really does help me not to be thinking all academically or about consulting/teaching *all* the time.

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Comments (3)

rebeccaNovember 22nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I agree! When I was in school if I got frustrated while studying, or had a “block” I would walk away, make so coffee, listen to music, etc and then go back with a fresh perspective. Worked everytime!

Ryan DempseyNovember 22nd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

This has always been a tough one for me. I understand the importance of a day off. But even when I try not to work, I have trouble getting my mind off it.

ChelseaNovember 25th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I think this is crutial. And not just a laundry-do-my-chores day… a real day off. Read for leisure, walk, bath, nap and the extra glass of wine you don’t have on week days. I love the Jewish idea of Sabbath, and this video from Stephan Sagmister, a famous designer talks about how he plans for real rest in career.


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