If you read this blog, you may have heard me mention a few times that I had a book come out last month. (Really, just a few…) It’s called Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done, and it’s all about learning to feel, in the midst of a full life, that time is abundant.
(If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, would you please do so? I’ll wait while you follow the retailer links on this page – scroll down to the bottom to see them.)
Anyway, one of the strategies I talk about is learning to linger in good moments. I introduce the concept of savoring, citing work done by the late Joseph Veroff and Fred B. Bryant. In their book, Savoring, they suggest a Daily Vacation exercise. Each day, for one week, you plan in a small patch (15 minutes) of something you know you will enjoy.
It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Maybe it’s sitting and lingering over a really good cup of coffee. Maybe it’s reading a good book while listening to the rain. Maybe it’s going for a walk somewhere beautiful, or listening to stirring music.
Each day, for one week, you anticipate your daily vacation. You try to slow down during it, and really notice all your senses. You think of how you might describe this pleasure to someone. Afterwards, you make a note of it somewhere, to help cement the memory. Then you look forward to your next vacation.
Next week, I am challenging myself to actually do this! Each day, I will savor my little daily vacation. The truth is that I’m on vacation part of next week anyway (with July 4th) but we all know that vacationing with family is seldom pure, unbridled pleasure. Fun, sure, but my kids will still fight and refuse to eat their dinners. I want to appreciate the good moments. So I will be posting my little moments of savoring here.
I invite you to join me in this Daily Vacation Challenge, starting Monday. Feel free to share your daily vacations here, or on social media (tag me or use #offtheclock if you want me to share it). Hopefully it will help make time feel more expansive.