Do you ever feel that life is just one long routine day
after another? You wake up, take a shower, brush
your teeth, get dressed, head off to work, and blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah. Well, if one more day of the
"same ol' stuff" makes you feel cranky, it might
be time for a spontaneity break.
Now I know that the idea of scheduling a spontaneity break
sounds like a contradiction in terms, but when you
consider how our society lives and thrives by the clock,
it makes sense. Too often we fall into the trap of
believing that life will become easier and more meaningful
when we get really good at living and acting
efficiently. But schedules, clocks, and well-planned
time can squash our creative spirit--the part of us that
thrives on spontaneous, open-ended time.
I love open-ended time. In other words, I love to
have an afternoon or day to myself to do whatever I want,
without needing to be anywhere or do anything at any given
time. As a matter of fact, I can become pretty tough
to live with when my calendar gets too full of scheduled
appointments (just ask my husband).
When I have
open-ended time, I often stop, close my eyes, and
check in with myself to determine what feels right in the
moment. Sometimes when I check in, I get a goofy
answer like, "Clean out the refrigerator"
(pretty weird, I know). At other times I may want to
take a nap, go for a jog, visit a bookstore, or just sit
As creative beings, we all need periods of time to live
spontaneously without commitments or distractions.
By creating the space to live in the moment, we strengthen
the connection to our inner wisdom and give ourselves a
much-needed rest from the routine of day-to-day
living. So, if the idea of brushing your teeth or
getting dressed feel like an overwhelming task, it might
be time for a spontaneity break!
Take Action Challenge:
Schedule a spontaneity break this week. Take an
afternoon or evening and give yourself the gift of time
free from appointments or obligations. Do whatever
comes to mind in the moment. During this time stop,
check in with your Wise Self, and ask, "What do I really
want to do right now?" However goofy or simple
the answer might be, trust your gut and act!
What do you need to change to make
your life work better and make you happier?
Cheryl Richardson, author of the popular Take
Time for Your Life, shows you how to make
your life over, one week at a time, using her
philosophy of "extreme self-care." The
result: you'll reevaluate your life and connect to
what matters most to you, improving the quality of