Ladies, A Leisured Life

By on 26/06/2014

3Like others, “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.”

― Audrey Hepburn 

There was a time when I only could day dream about living a leisured life. I would love to lounge on my plush sofas in the evenings, take long bubble baths, see a massage expert twice a week, spray my favorite perfume, and have a leisured meal and many more. However, the next thought that would pass my mind would be to hurry and get things going. After all, in our busy lives there really isn’t any time to wait or saunter. I didn’t want my house or business to be a mess and I did not want my son to feel lonely or deprived of my time.

I could never imagine a lady who had time for all this except one in many who probably was free from responsibilities and duties. I could never imagine a life in which the terms leisure and busy reside together.

However, lately my opinion has been changed… drastically. I now live a life in which I somehow manage to have time for both. I like to call it a busy life, yet leisured. I now believe that the ideal way to live your life is by combining aspiration with stylishness and sophistication.

The old me mindset believed, ‘I don’t have enough time, I have to get things done or I might be left behind. I’ll probably visit the spa tomorrow or some other day, after finishing the household chores or after receiving the next month’s salary’.

In contrast, my new mindset believes, ‘I have all the time in the world, I have all the money required. Pleasure cannot and should not wait. After all its feelings and not just goals in life that we are all working for. If I feel like visiting the spa today, then it must be done today’.

Programming the mindset took me some time but it’s definitely worth the time and effort. Read on for some tips on how to live a busy yet leisured lifestyle.

2Start the Day with Some Leisure Time

Get out of the bed, reply to emails, cook breakfast, and take the dogs out for a walk might be a great routine, but it could also be the beginning of a stressful day as your energy just gets exhausted in the next part of the day. Alternatively, if you began the day with a hot cup of coffee and the newspaper or a stroll around the neighborhood or some quality time with your partner, things would be different. Life surely honors those that respect themselves and find time for leisured living.

Dress it Up

Live a leisured life by dressing up for it. While you might enjoy sitting in an oversized tee with Pj’s, your inner leisure self might want to look fabulous always. Put on a beautiful nail polish color, some gloss and some mascara to let out the sparkle inside you.

Understand What You Want

Jot down three things you would like to do during the week. Be reasonable when doing so and don’t torture yourself with huge to-do lists. Focus on the most important things for the week and don’t forget to set aside ample time for leisure. For daily activities, I try to stick to the 30-minute rule. If I spend 30 minutes on chores, I like to spend 30 on leisure. For every 30 minutes spent on writing, I give myself 30 minutes of dining, for 30 minutes of workout, I like to have 30 minutes of Facebooking, etc. What really is amazing is how much can be done in just 30 minutes if you are clear and focused and know that there is leisure waiting for you at the end of the task. Don’t push yourself when you are not feeling up to it. Only work when you are completely aligned. Before getting yourself to start a chore, feel good about yourself. If you feel the resistance and are not inspired enough, leave the task for the time being. Do not start anything until you feel the excitement.

Don’t Sacrifice on Your Non-Negotiables

A bubble bath, a spa visit, coffee time with friends, movie nights are some activities that I cannot negotiate with. If I want them, then I do. I will absolutely not and never will (anymore!) sacrifice on them. These are activities I love to do and no money would tempt me to keep away from them.  Now, I work to live and not vice-versa.

Mix Work and Leisure and Remind Yourself to Slow Down1

How about meeting your business partner at your favorite coffee place or serve fine wine at your next meeting? With a little burst of creativity, combine things that you like to do with things that you need to do. Every now and then, remind yourself to slow down and that there is no hurry, you are where you need to be.

The Leisure Time Effect

It might sound contrasting when you talk about keeping aside time for leisure when you really just want to get things done in life. Trust us, you will feel inspired and at ease when you keep time aside for leisure. This is the time, which is going to be a true eye-opener and new ideas and people will sparkle and show up.

To conclude, you must feel good if you really want to achieve your heart’s desires. If you do so, your busy inner self will know how to make it happen without over-stressing your mind and body.

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