Give Yourself Some Time to Relax

I enjoy a good read.

Anyone that knows me would attest that I am most definitely a Type A personality. In other personality tests, I am always pegged as a driver or a high D on the DISC profile. I’m tasked focused and results-oriented. I find it satisfying to check all the boxes on my to-do list. 

Like with every personality type the good comes with the bad. The downside of my personality is that I find it hard to relax. I have trouble being able to stop the go-go of always working through my task list. It is difficult for me to be still for an extended period of time. 

Yesterday was a prime example of this. It was a Saturday, one of the few days of the week that the alarm clock was not set. I was feeling tired from the busy week. I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast while reading the morning paper. Then, my husband and I took a stroll through the local farmer’s market. 

We returned home and I made myself a cup of tea. I no sooner sat down in my comfy chair before my household to-do list was circling around in my mind. 

“I can’t sit now.” I thought to myself. “It’s been months since I have cleaned out my Fridge.”

So what did I do? I got up and I wiped out my fridge. I know this could have waited.  I also know this took away from my afternoon of relaxation.  However, having a spotless fridge gave me a sense of accomplishment. Silly isn’t it? 

Results of my high “D” personality

Once I completed this chore, I did allow myself to spend the rest of the day reading a Debbie Macomber’s paperback novel.

I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with being tasked driven.  I get great satisfaction when I see a project through to completion. In addition, I am also learning to balance out my to-do lists with time for relaxation and enjoyment.  I accept myself for who I am.  

It’s not every day that I can clean my fridge and spend time enjoying a good book. 

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