It’s not that I never take a day off. I had 7th August off, and 2nd July, and 3rd June (I have a spreadsheet). Three days in three months! That’s positively hedonistic. But I didn’t decide to take these days off in advance. Instead these were weekend days when the alarm went off and I simply couldn’t make myself get out of bed, too burned out from working full time and writing when I wasn’t at my day job (August was actually a week after I finished working, but it was the day when the stress of losing my job caught up with me).
On these days off I caught up on hours of missing sleep, did laundry, collected the dirty wine glasses from my study, and generally tried to remember how to live like a human.
But James Scott Bell suggests over and over again in his books that writers are more productive if they take a day off once a week. This seems dangerously self-indulgent verging on immoral, to me, but he’s been right about most other things, so I figure I’ll give it a go. For the next four weeks I have scheduled Wednesdays off, even though this makes me deeply uneasy.
Now, what the fuck do I do with that time?
On a perfect day off I would have a foot, back, and scalp massage, an afternoon of cocktails on a terrace overlooking the ocean while reading a good book, dinner out, and then go to a movie (note: I have never had a day like this, but I’ll add it to my bucket list).
I can’t afford to have a single day like this, let alone do it once a week. I need to find free/cheap things to do. If it was January I’d head up to the local marine reserve and go snorkling, but the sea is still at winter temperatures here. I already walk every day, and frankly, it’s because one is supposed to exercise in order not to atrophy. I hear there are people who enjoy exercising, and I innately distrust them (except Katie. I trust you, Katie).
Malls and shopping are my personal vision of hell.
What I do for fun is write. As I’m writing full time until I find a new job, how do I relax!?
I feel like an absolute newbie adult at this point. Help! Tell me how to make with teh recreation!