by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

With the Presidential political season in full swing, we’ll be reminded often of our rights as Americans. It’s a good thing, because we take for granted many of our rights and freedoms, including choice, speech, and religion. In fact, losing these rights is almost unthinkable. Yet many of us — and the clients we serve — willingly give up leisure rights, or when we do exercise them, often feel guilty.

We would go a long way toward managing the stresses in our lives if we amended our personal constitution to include a leisure bill of rights. For example, you have the right to:

  • Do nothing. It’s okay to pause in the middle of a hectic day and daydream for 5 minutes. The work, phone, reports, customers, will be there when you return.
  • Put off ‘til tomorrow what you don’t feel like doing today. As long as it won’t cause a problem and you’re not going to fret until it’s done, come back to it when it feels less intimidating.
  • Be alone. It’s your time first, everyone else’s second. If you need to be alone, hide out until the need goes away.
  • Act like a kid. Playful, curious, spontaneous, child-like behavior helps you sleep better at night.
  • Express yourself. Dabble, explore, try new things without judging yourself.

Post a leisure bill of rights on your website and in your office and make copies for your clients.

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