Ceremonies, Rituals and Work
Morning Ritual: The Soft Startup

The One Thing Productive People Should NOT Be Doing



This morning my LinkedIn feed served up this "gem" on Why Productive People Work on Sundays. I clicked through to see what sage advice was being offered (a long list of things I could be doing with my Sunday to get a "jumpstart" on my week) and then scrolled down to the comments.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that most people disagreed with the author, arguing that Sundays at least should be reserved for family, friends, hobbies, outdoor activities and the rest and rejuvenation we all need if we're truly going to be productive. 

This feels like progress to me. I've talked to so many people who seem to think that the 24/7 work mode is somehow a measure of their personal morality. Relaxing and taking time for yourself are seen as signs of weakness (at best) or some essential character flaw--Sloth, one of the 7 deadly sins, perhaps. 

I think that in part it's been a sign of the recessionary times, where people have been afraid that their jobs will be on the line if they don't give 200% of themselves. And certainly the fact that companies are "doing more with less," (despite record profits) has been driving people to feel like they must work every day. 

I'm happy to see, though, that some of us are beginning to fight back against this insanity. We're standing up for our Sundays--and our Saturdays too. Let's keep it up. Working on Sundays is one thing we should NOT be doing! Sundays are for brunch and snuggling in bed for a few more hours, not for managing your inbox or catching up on your networking.



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Could not agree more! I am one of the growing number who has taken a stand for Sundays. No work, very limited use of electronics of any kind. I enjoy going to Church, a nice brunch, spending time with family and friends, reading, long walks outdoors - the list of possibilities is endless. And the time to recharge is priceless.

Absolutely agree, Catherine! As self-employed folks, we definitely have more flexibility to manage our schedules than many others, but the culture of work is still deeply ingrained. I've come to realize though that I just don't have it in me to work every day of the week. Nor should I try to do that. There's a time for work and a time for re-charging. We need to protect our off-times rigorously!

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