Best Ways To Prepare For A Day Off

Preparing for a day off from work takes planning and in this post, we’re talking about basic strategies anyone can implement.

Growing up my parents had a no-nonsense rule. Sundays were for recharging and doing nothing more than what the heart and mind desired.

As children, we learned that Sundays were often quiet and restful.

As a young adult, I followed this routine. Sleeping late and taking mid-afternoon naps on summer days.

Eventually married, my wife and I got into a business that involved being on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As a result, this business quickly blurred the line of off and on time and made the sacred Sunday nonexistent.

For 13 years, every day was almost the same with no time to stop, look around, and take a relaxing breath.

Today, however, is different.

We have discontinued that business and made Sundays the new mandatory corporate retreat.

No longer heading into work or waiting for the phone to ring my wife and I sip our coffee in the morning sunlight and discuss what adventure we can find.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for a day off to help make Sunday or your *day of rest* as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible.

Best Ways To Prepare For A Day Off

Workweek Wind Down

Towards the end of the workweek, we start to wind down.

Taking care of loose ends at work and getting things set for Monday morning is important. Defining a clear boundary on what has to be done by the end of the week and what can wait until the next.

Typically I answer pending emails and return all phone calls making it clear to anyone who needs something that I will return to work on Monday.

I also mark my calendar with tasks that are incomplete for the following Monday. This way I’m not wondering what I have to do when I return to work or worrying about what I may have forgotten.

The Groceries

When preparing for a day off we always try to make sure the household errands are done no later than Saturday. Needless running around is the last thing I want to do on my day off.

The only exception is grocery shopping.

Often times we have the grocery shopping and cooking done for our day off however, other times it’s a fun excursion to go shopping and head home to try a new recipe.

Cleaning The House

Tidying up the house no later than Saturday is mandatory. It’s easy for things to get a little messy during the workweek.

No matter what, we always try to get the house cleaned by Saturday night. This also goes for our son’s chores. The rule in our house is if the chores aren’t done by Saturday allowance isn’t getting done either.

Limiting Outside Influences

Keeping our Sunday special includes keeping outside influences at bay.

We make it very clear to friends and family that Sundays are for family only. We often decline invitations and ask people to not pop in for visits.

Our son is not allowed to have sleepovers that carry into Sunday as well. However, he is free to go to someone else’s home as long as we don’t have plans.

We also try to keep electronics limited and usually go without checking emails, social media, etc.

The idea of limiting outside influences is not to be antisocial, but more about not feeling obligated to socialize. Quite often spend time with friends and family on our day off but never feel it’s a chore or burden.

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The Goal

It’s important that we prepare for a day off by finishing and rescheduling any and all tasks by the end of the day before your *day of rest* This is the best way to enjoy the day with minimal stress and mental clutter.

Having at least one day per week to be obligated only to yourself and your family is the end goal.

In our home, some Sundays end perfectly with everyone relaxed and happy from the day’s adventures.

Other days end up a little chaotic but the effort is always made to devote one day off per week to unwind.

Thanks for reading Best Ways To Prepare For A Day Off. I hope you found this post helpful.

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