When it snows in Texas, everything shuts down. Laugh if you will, but snow days have their advantages. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, the ice has causes you to pause. It forces you to slow down by eliminating options. Suddenly you have “free time” whether you want it or not.
Snow days are different from vacation days where you’ve planned to be not working. It’s like skipping class—only better because there’s no one to “catch” you doing the wrong thing. In fact, snow days are very special gifts.
Here are five ways to make the most of a snow day.
- Be creative. Slowing down your activity allows your thoughts and ideas to expand. It frees your brain to think bigger and to think differently. When you stop and take time to allow your thoughts to take you where they may, you discover solutions you never knew existed.
- Take time to reflect. Looking back is a critical part of evaluating what worked and what didn’t. It’s a vital part of looking ahead.
- Remember successes. If we don’t take the time to celebrate the steps we’ve taken toward our goals, we become demoralized and we become disconnected from our “WHY.”
- Consider what’s really valuable and meaningful to YOU. With so many messages clamoring for our attention (over 5000 per day!), snow days give us time to hear the truly important messages and spend stolen time with the special people in our lives.
- Rest now, be better later. We all need recharging in order to be our best, so you are well advised to take full advantage of your impromptu confinement. Rest. Take a nap. You know you need it. And you WILL be better for it later.
It’s not all about “getting things done.” Remember in the race between the tortoise and the hare, it was the slow and steady turtle who won the race.
I challenge you to take some time to reflect. Create your own snow day. Instead of being frustrated by the interruption in your to-do list, savor the time to slow down or stop. Reconnect with yourself and your priorities. When things return to normal you will feel more creative, rested and ready to get back to the grind.