Take the Snow Day

Snow bank with mailbox showing in south Grand ...

Even grownups need to play in the snow sometimes

Almost every business and school in the city of Dayton is closed today.  In fact, based on the size of this storm, I’m guessing businesses and schools in wide swaths of the country are closed today.

There was a time when weather like this meant we all took a break.  It was impossible to get to work, the kids had nowhere to go, and so we all stayed home and enjoyed an unexpected holiday.

Of course, thanks to the internet, lots of us no longer have to leave our homes to be productive.  When you can do almost as much from your desk at home as you can from the office, the grown-up choice seems to be to carry on as usual.

But what if you didn’t?

What if, just this one time, you took the day off like you did when you were in school.  You could:

The work on your desk will still be there when you get back, and the increased creativity and motivation you experience after an unexpected break like this will more than make up for the hours you lost.


Did you try it?

Share in the comments!  What do you do with unexpected time off?

3 thoughts on “Take the Snow Day

  1. ARGH – wish I could bring myself to take a snow day. Being a one person development department, I stay behind as it is. Going on our second snow day in Big D with businesses and schools closed.

    • Yeah, I get that. My internet connection went down this morning and I spent a couple of hours noticing how easy it is to give “relax” advice and how hard it is to take it.

      Personally, I’ve also noticed that when am able to create some downtime in my schedule for creativity and play I end up getting more work done when I’m back at it–so I try to remember that when I feel panicked about time.

      I’d also say that people are different, so your mileage may vary–maybe you could take an hour or two this afternoon to do something that still counts as work, but that you never get to because of the daily urgent tasks in your way??

      In any case, thanks so much for saying hello and reminding us that it’s so much easier to tell others to relax than it is to do it ourselves!

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