I just completed an engaging work project, a memoir manuscript evaluation.
What do you do when you finish a big project? Do you shoot directly into another?
This is what I did:
I soaked in the lava-lined warm pond surrounded by the jungle, listening to the surf crash a few feet away.
I joined friends for a birthday celebration under towering pines at the edge of a cliff tucked against the vast blue ocean-sky. Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and mint, fleshy lychee fruit and plump sweet strawberries, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and champagne. Rainbows and raindrops. Wild conversation, wandering pups, and a kitty named Captain.
In the evening, I rested till a flow of words spontaneously spilled on the page just before bedtime. Then, sleep gently covered me with a blanket of peace all the way till 8 am.
Over the next few days, I will intentionally keep a calm pace to restore and rejuvenate myself. Time will be set aside to review and recalibrate and catch up on my personal loose ends. I will be a good citizen and get my Vehicle Safety Inspection, finally call the dentist, and decide on a new pillow.
Different routes can lead to work-life balance:
- Clear priorities;
- Knowing your own limits physically, mentally, and emotionally;
- Placing value on your time;
- Recognizing the limits of time;
- Punctuating your day with relaxation and space;
- Allowing for adequate downtime as you plan your week;
- And, making sure to create calm after a storm of work.
My friend Maia from the Liberated Life Project reminded me that it’s not always easy to slow down after all the momentum spent on a project. She compares it to stopping a train going full speed ahead! Maia finds that physical activity, like a big walk or hike, helps her to switch gears and slow down.
What do you do when you finish a period of full-on work?
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Photos: Robert Kent