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Summer goals

Taking time off doesn't always need to involve a plane and a fancy trip.
Summer goals
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Sustain issue #68 (Get Sustain in your inbox next Thursday)

A quick and simple issue of Sustain this week since I'm taking the week off to rest and recharge.

No stressful trips. No airplanes (and potential lost baggage). Just some local trips to explore the bounty nearby. Bay cruise with fresh crab, dramatic waterfalls at Mt. Rainier (see below), and wine tasting in Oregon.

But the real highlight may be the peaceful 10 AM of iced coffee, reading, and brainstorming rather than the normal 10 AM of meetings + Slack.

There's a special kind of bliss that comes with doing nothing.

That doing of noing nothing evokes many emotions. Bliss, sure. But also laziness, feeling unproductive, and FOMO.

It's a shame since if ask any of the best thinkers they'll tell you resting and doing nothing can be the most productive choice. Both in short bursts on a daily basis and in longer bursts like a week or more every few months.

You are doing something important when you aren't doing anything, this piece from the New York Times argues. And I couldn't agree more.

The article calls what I'm doing this week Fallow Time.

"Regular downtime is a part of creative life—not apart from it," writer Bonnie Tsui argues in the piece. If you're a knowledge worker this means you.

I can feel the day-to-day drama of work melting away. And it's affording me the time for exploration and downtime.

I'm a huge proponent of staycations. Time off does not always require a stressful and expensive vacation. The point is to fill your tank. And you can do that without going far.

Related: Summer time off can be a great time to think about personal goals. (Much better than New Year's, IMO)

There are 39 days before Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer in the US. There's still plenty of time to fallow, rest, read, and enjoy.

The best time to take time off is before you need it, not when your gas tank is running on fumes.


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