I love Sunday mornings. Although I loved sleeping in when I was younger, now I appreciate the early morning light and the fact that fewer people are out and about. If I am enjoying coffee or outdoor activity it can often feel like I have the place all to myself.
Years ago when I left a corporate sales position to teach yoga and wellness full-time, I was amazed to learn about this whole world of people who did not work 9-to-5. I had been scheduled to teach 9 and 10 am classes and did not think anyone would attend. My whole working life until that point had been 60+ hours a week during “business” hours. Yes, I was young and naive. I was also exploring nontraditional work schedules, too. It is much more common these days to work remotely or be an location-independent worker. I realized then that I wanted to set up a life where I could pick my “Sundays” or make every day feel like a Sunday. Where I had a day to plan and explore as I wished. Where every day felt like a vacation day.
People thought I was crazy—who was I to dream that I could have work I loved on my terms?
Now, it has been a circuitous route to this point. I did go back to school and back into a more rigorous line of work with worse hours and even more restrictions on my time. But I knew something else was out there.
The key is to create it in a way that blends work and play, feeling “responsible” while also being responsible for my creative, playful side.
Not everyone will quit their corporate jobs and get on the self-employment bus.
It is possible to create some fun and adventure in daily life while working the required hours, though.
Incorporating a lunch-time meeting in a new location. Scheduling in time before or after work to do something new, or meet new people. You could take a different route to work or home or negotiate flexible hours if your work place is amenable.
For me, I love my work and I love to explore new places. Work can come in cycles, so when I have “down” time, I can choose then to allow some creative time. I can do some research on local places to visit and time frames needed to enjoy them. Then, when I have unscheduled time, I have options. As a tourist in a location for a day or two, a time pressure to visit everything can often diminish the joy of just letting the location reveal itself organically.
Like a Sunday morning.
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