The Difference between Slacking and Taking a Break

Today’s Perfect Moment is an easy one.

I didn’t sleep well and was tired and dragging all day. I knew I wasn’t going to accomplish as many things as I set out to do. I wrote my to do list for the day and knew I had to eliminate some things–or move them to another day of the week. However, I didn’t want a day where I just slacked off. I didn’t want to get to the end of the day with nothing in the win column.

I had tasks to do, so I did them. I got things done, but also took some time to relax and not get angry at myself for not accomplishing everything. In the past, I would really beat myself up over stuff like that. Today was different. Today I understood the value of taking a break, but not just letting everything go. I am still accountable, but I am not self-loathing.

I accomplished a number of tasks, enjoyed my meal, watched the College Football championship, and got to bed at a reasonable time.

All in all, it was pretty easy to choose Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to The Difference between Slacking and Taking a Break

  1. capejohn says:

    Is taking five weeks to rake leaves in my yard, slacking? I hope not. I do hope however that your team won.

    • Anthony says:

      Sadly, my team (Notre Dame) was eliminated last week. Also, being Canadian, my alma mater would have had their game in October or November.
      As for raking your leaves….take as much time as you want. I am sure a number of leaves are buried under the snow in my yard. I did my best to rake before the snow fell, but some leaves stubbornly clung to the trees until quite late this year.

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