When I first arrived in France for my sabbatical, I often felt guilty if I wasn’t productive. I didn’t let the guilt consume me or even push me to work; I simply did my best to ignore it. In doing so, I learned that I really like doing nothing and arranged my life so that doing nothing is an option pretty much whenever I want.
Like today for example. Other than teaching two English classes and puttering around the house, I napped, uploaded photos to Facebook, and napped some more.
Tomorrow I’ll be productive again, if I feel like it.
- Figure out what you really want and arrange your life accordingly.
- Don’t let societal norms and the word "should" make you feel guilty.