Labor Day? Not!
7 tips to take the labor out of Labor Day
The point of Labor Day is to do the opposite of labor. So force yourself to go against your natural instincts (and we don’t mean the hair color). In other words, be purposely lazy, terrifically sluggish, and conscientiously idle. Just chill, girlfriend.
Job, What Job?
Whatever your occupation, remove yourself from it as fully as possible. If you’re in banking, do nothing involving money (unless you’re spending some at the ice cream truck for one of those fun fudge-banana bombs). If you’re a teacher, no grading papers or assembling lesson plans. And if the house is your workplace, get the heck away from it. Yoga in the park, anyone?
Surrender the Cell
Hand your cell phone to your partner and tell him not to give it back until the following day, even if you get down on your hands and knees and beg like a puppy. Or cry. It’s not gonna work this time.
Do Something Fun!
The best way to prevent yourself from doing work of any sort, of course, is to occupy yourself with some other activity, thereby avoiding the possibility of “accidentally” checking emails, reviewing files, or tweaking that big presentation due in two weeks. So go to the beach, see a movie, have a picnic, visit a museum, take a road trip, raid the baby superstore…
Rally the Troops
Maybe you’d like to have some friends over to help you celebrate. Why not? Ask your spouse to tear himself away from the game long enough to buy some plastic cups and frozen burgers. Subtly encourage certain guests to bring their famous potato salads, salsa platters, or ingredients for some non-alcoholic cocktails. Before you know it, you’ve got a party and you’ve barely had to lift any of your rapidly swelling fingers.
What’s the true opposite of doing work? Being pampered. There’s no crime in suggesting to your partner that the best way to spend Labor Day would be at a his-and-hers spa getting massaged, manicured, and exfoliated. Nothing laborious about this! Enjoy!
Don't Sweat the Details
Whatever your choice, the most important thing is to remember that days off are times to relax and have fun. That means not worrying about the small hiccups (have you felt your baby hiccup yet?) that inevitably occur as part of even the smallest plans. Work—and your upcoming labor—is the time for productivity, efficiency, and mental and physical exertion. Just think, next year you’ll have a baby to celebrate with!
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