There is always a small, brief moment when I first wake up where I don’t know what day it is. My body isn’t quite able to open up my eyes and take in the day for the first time but my brain starts slowly thinking about everything which must be done at work today.
Suddenly, something wonderful happens. It isn’t a work day. It’s Saturday. There isn’t a price which can be paid to know you can roll over and sleep a little bit longer or don’t have to check that email, deal with that eternally unhappy client, or sit through a pointless meeting because, it is Saturday.
I’m a big coffee drinker. For whatever reason I always drink coffee out of our Keurig Saturday morning. I love walking into the kitchen to turn on the machine and hear the quiet roar it makes as it is starting up. I don’t have to turn on any lights in the kitchen because the sun is coming through the windows and I’m reminded again there is no work today.
I spin the k-cup carousel around and pick out either a Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend or a Caribou Coffee Daybreak Morning Blend. As I sit there and wait for the water to warm up my mind automatically wanders off into deciding what I’m going to do. It usually starts off with writing or reading a book. It’s amazing how the extent of one day can seem endless in your mind.
This time of year I usually plan out what football games I’m going to watch during the day. I think about what can be accomplished before 11:00 AM when the games begin to kick off. Then I think about what cocktail I want to make that evening. I make a mental checklist of all the ingredients to make sure I don’t need to go to the store.
My favorite part is I’m not obligated to do any of these things. If I decide I want to sit and read all day or sit and watch football for entirely too long that’s fine.
Saturday morning is my time to do what Jacob wants to do. I get recharged by making time to do something for me for a small window every week.
I know your Saturday’s may be nothing like this. You have kids jumping on top of your bed to wake you up or you work on Saturday’s and I get that.
The main thing I want you to take from this is no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it is, you need to find time to do something for yourself.
It’s extremely hard to do this no matter what you have going on but you have to find time to do something solely for you. It could be spending an hour in silence reading a book or driving your 4-wheeler through the woods. Whatever it is, make sure you do it for yourself and no one else.
Be intentional about making time to do this. We spend so much of our time doing things we have no interest in doing or doing things we are obligated to do that we have to find time to do something for ourselves to keep our sanity.
Carve out an hour over the next few days to do something you want to do. It doesn’t have to be significant to an outsider but it will pay dividends for you.