How to Maximise Holiday Down Time

How to Maximise Holiday Down Time

The festive season is a great time to switch off, wind down, and enjoy the company of friends, family and self.

Unlike other times in the year when we might take some much-needed time out, there’s a cultural expectation to not be working. Usually (not always), this leads to fewer intrusions from the outside world in terms of emails and phone calls demanding our time or action. December is a great time to maximise holiday down time.

However, I quickly get bored with time off and can easily descend into over-indulgence (food, booze, TV, shopping… pick your poison) and over-indulgence doesn’t feel renewing. Over the years I’ve pledged to avoid this zombie-like numbing by reading more. This year I’m actually going to do it!

As well as spending active time with my favourite people, I plan to include some reading time. My body might be physically present with them (on the sofa / in a coffee shop / in a pub next to a roaring fire), but my mind will be elsewhere. (And yes, I do think this counts as quality time with someone the way being fixated on your smart phone isn’t.)

Here are some of my favourite books (in no particular order):

  • Debbie Ford: Dark Side Of The Light Chasers
  • Mike Dooley: Playing The Matrix
  • Nick Ortner: The Tapping Solution
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
  • Tim Kelley: True Purpose
  • Dr Wayne W. Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled
  • Matthew Syed: Black Box Thinking
  • Steven Pressfield: The War Of Art
  • Ekhart Tolle: A New Earth
  • Stephen Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I’ll certainly throw in some fiction for light relief. My weakness is Sci-Fi/Fantasy (don’t judge) and I’m wondering how anyone can top Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One—what’s yours?

Your assignment:

  1. Pull out a pile of books and read them (or, do your equivalent renewal activity: hiking, climbing, needlepoint, boxing, Dungeons & Dragons…)
  2. Add your recommendations to the comments box at the bottom of this page, so we can all benefit from your choices

Do let me know how you get on.

Liz 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Madeleine Sunley 10th January 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed this post thanks Liz. I spent my off time going ice skating and enjoying the theatre and cinema. I have just ordered Ready Player One as I need something new and different to read, so hope it is good!!. Currently enjoying reading the Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman to my son.

    • Liz Balmford 12th January 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Thanks Madeleine.
      Ice skating and theatre/cinema sound like a great balance! Bracing exercise followed by relaxed entertainment. Mmm… I could do with more of that 🙂

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