It’s hard not to feel down on yourself when you’ve made plans to be productive and did what feels like the exact opposite. That was me this past weekend. Just a few days ago I made plans to work on the blog all weekend creating content, taking pictures, and editing. I was supposed to go to the book store for some new reads and maybe shop a little for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica (which you can read about here). I wanted to hang out with my friend who was coming to visit from out of town. Most of all, I had to be prepared for the upcoming week like the over achiever that I try to be. But, trying to be an over achiever backfired on me this time.
Know what you’re getting into when you’re trying something new.
It all started that Friday. Typically speaking I work out 4 days a week. But this past week had been eventful to say the least so I missed all of my workouts. I didn’t want to be lazy on Friday so I went to the gym. Not only did I work out, but I worked out with a new partner. She and I did more complex exercises and heavy weight lifting than my body was used to. I was up for the challenge, but needless to say my entire body was sore when I left the gym.
When I got home I was barely able to take a shower before collapsing on my bed. The next morning was terrible. My body was extremely sore and I couldn’t do more than get up to use the bathroom. So, decisions had to be made. I could either choose to push through and do all of the things that I said I was going to do that weekend or I could listen to my body and rest.
And so I chose to rest.
I slept a lot. I also spent a lot of time on my phone scrolling through social media, watching YouTube videos and reading other blogs. And I watched Netflix. Until I couldn’t take it anymore. I can’t stand not being productive when deep down I know I have important things to do. I realized that although I may not have the energy to go out and be productive I can still get work done from my bed.
Try to make the best out of a not so great situation.
So instead of sleeping the entire weekend (even though I did sleep for a large part of it) I made these slight changes:
- Instead of watching random YouTube videos, I watched videos about blogging and listened to podcasts about blogging and business. They’re great for tips and inspiration when trying to decide what to write about.
- I focused on the admin part of the blogging world and made some website customizations. There’s always room for optimization.
- I went online shopping to prepare for my trip instead of wasting time in a store. And wasting gas.
- I meal prepped for the upcoming week once I was feeling a little less sore.
Did I do as much as I could’ve done this weekend? Not at all. But I was still able to be somewhat productive. Enough to satisfy my mind while still letting my body rest. Sometimes we just have to listen to our bodies and not be so hard on ourselves if we take some time off.
Get back on the grind when you’re ready.
It was all worth it in the end because once I felt better I was able to create some content for the blog after all and I even hung out with my friend. We played pool, UNO, and had a movie night.
Next time I won’t be so upset with myself for having to let my body rest. Or even better, I won’t do something like have a crazy intense work out that may affect my ability to move the next day.