• Time-Out Tuesdays

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    Do you ever feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends? Working way more than you used to and doing this things you really love—the things that bring you joy—less often?

    It’s so commonplace, especially in tough economic times, when you’re the sole breadwinner of your family or when you start a new job.

    “Sleep when you’re dead!”

    “Strike while the iron’s hot!”

    “Keep your nose to the grindstone.”

    These values are all upheld in our (American) culture. And while I am all for hard work, effort and sacrifice to achieve goals, it became really clear that lately, I’m pursuing all that in an unbalanced way.

    You see, Stupid Easy Paleo is a solo venture. I’m equal parts webmaster, social media guru, recipe developer, blog writer, photographer, graphic designer, PR and customer service representative and tech gal. And while I absolutely LOVE working for myself and growing this company into something great for the purpose of helping people, I will admit that my drive has started to take me off track a bit.

    I’ve not been giving myself a day off—ever—and my computer or phone is always attached to me. I’ve stopped reading for fun or meditating (even just taking some me time) or just enjoying things like a walk outside or going to lunch with friends. Even when I carve out a few minutes to do these things, I feel like there’s something else I could / should be doing for my business, so I never really enjoy them fully.

    And while hiring people to do things for me could help, it still won’t keep me from doing other work that needs to be done unless I make a choice.

    Enter Time-Out Tuesdays

    It may seem simple, but starting today (I wrote this yesterday), I’m taking Tuesdays off. A big, fat time-out—or rather, time off. The seed for this was planted long ago when I read this article by my friends Dallas and Melissa of Whole9, and it’s been slowly germinating in my mind ever since.

    On Tuesdays, you won’t find new blogs or social media posts or email replies. Luckily, I have an enormous cache of recipes, articles and pins to keep you inspired. Instead, I’m going to use that time to catch up on books, cook good food, call my mom and siblings, maybe take a nap…you know, things normal people do on their days off!

    I’ll admit…this idea makes me a bit nervous. I’m the type of person that wants to swoop in and fix things the second they go wrong, but I’ve come to terms with taking a bit more time for me so I can better serve you. Nobody likes a stressed-out Steph.

    My request to you: If there’s something urgent or that arises on Tuesdays, please understand that I may not get back to you until Wednesday or Thursday. This one-(wo)man band will kick back into gear Wednesday morning!

    My Challenge For You

    Even though this site’s mostly about how food makes you more healthy, the health of your mind is equally as important (or even moreso). My challenge to you is to make a chunk of time—maybe it’s only 15 minutes—to reconnect with something you haven’t been enjoying as often as you used to, like an old hobby (I need to rustle up my knitting needles), a book you can’t seem to finish or a friend you haven’t seen in a while…in person.

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    What do you think? Do you do something similar? Let me know in the comments below!

    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    14 thoughts on “Time-Out Tuesdays

    1. Boyfriend and I had talked about how if we ever lived together, we’d take a tech-free day or at least afternoon to do writing, art, crafts, etc, the handiworks we never “have time” for, sadly we don’t have enough time together to make that feasible, but I LOVE that idea!

      By all means, take your downtime, enjoy it, we’re not here to suck your life away! We’ll be here when you get back, I promise. 😉

    2. Love, love this concept. I too read Dallas and Melissa article of doing just this…taking a day. I too run my own business, raise my daughter who is a competitive gymnast and has a equally demanding schedule, drive miles and miles per week from home work, her gym more work etc…and I am getting this Native Paleo movement rolling….etc, etc….
      With all that yea, I totally hear you on getting off track. Today I had already committed one hour of ” me” time in getting a massage!!! And I think from there I am going to really explore this idea of a whole day!!! Thank you for this and so glad you are doing this for yourself…I need to walk my talk….so my goal for this year is taking time for me…reclaiming myself!!!! Thank you!!!

    3. I LOVE this idea and applaud you for doing it. I hope you read this reply tomorrow – WEDNESDAY!! Thanks for all the inspiration and information. You rock and your business will not fall apart if you take time for you – in fact it will probably do even better because you will be refreshed! Now…. to get my boss to agree to let me do this too… *wink*

    4. This is a concept I’ve understood for about 10 years but only in the last couple of years have had success incorporating. It is so inextricably entwined with the concept of being present. Even when I was with my family, I wasn’t–I was thinking about work. I think it takes as much (maybe more) discipline to practice balance than it does to work too hard/much. Disciplining the mind to focus on what’s happening now (something fun) takes a LOT of practice. The rewards, however, are astounding. There’s peace of mind, true rest, and enjoyment for those who practice it, even if it is inevitable that there will be fires to put out, or a huge stack of work to address tomorrow. The best part about practicing is you never are expected to do it perfectly! It is, and always will be, an approximation toward the goal. There is as much reward in five minutes as there is in a day as there is in a whole week’s vacation, if you are vested to the best of your ability in the moment.

      Cheers to you for choosing to practice this aspect of wholeness and ENJOY YOUR DAY!

    5. I love this!! Good for you for taking a day off every week. We all need that. And kuddos to you for doing EVERYTHING yourself for your blog/business/etc. Some days I feel like I’m in limbo because I want to do something more, but not sure what it is I want to do.

      1. I won’t say trying to do it all is a smart thing 😉 but I’m working on finding a better balance. Have you thought of coming up with a long-term business plan?

    6. i love that – “… in person!” so true! i try to see my friends in person A LOT and i do, but then i find myself thinking about the school work i SHOULD or COULD be doing rather than living in the moment. it’s tough to live in the present moment, but it is something i work on all the time. good for you for making this time out tuesday, love! proud of you

    7. It’s all about the balance!! Taking a day off will leave you refreshed and even better to tackle things the next day. I learned this physically as well. I never took rest days from working out. Now that I take one a week, my workouts improved and my body likes me more! Downtime is the best…do it for you!!

    8. Go on you! For me working, studying being Mom and wife doesn’t leave me the time to take a whole day off. However I try and keep the habit of bubble bath Wednesday. Cue bubble bath, good book, candles, I find it a great way to clear my mind and recharge for the rest of the week.

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