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Unproductive weekend retreats creates productivity

If you read my last post then you’ll know that my life the last few weeks has been as entertaining as a sitcom and not the good parts but the absurd, “so much #$@#$ can’t happen to one person at the same time” kind of entertaining. So this weekend my family is taking a much-deserved two-night getaway to Bahrain.

People often ask me about my life in Saudi Arabia and I don’t talk much about it on the blog because for the most part my life on a compound here is very normal. In many ways it’s an easier life than what I had in the States. On the compound there is no traffic. It takes me five minutes to get to my daughter’s school, the grocery store, my dance studio, etc. Of course I realize my life would be very different outside a westernized compound so it’s hard for me to really comment on the true Saudi living experience, but my experience is good. There are cons, the biggest is the distance from family but I’ve yet to live anywhere that doesn’t have it’s fair share of disadvantages.

An amazing advantage and treat we’ve found is the small country of Bahrain. It’s a short drive from where we live and has a much different feel to it than Saudi. Not better just different and a fun change of things when we want to take a quick trip. Being an island the beaches are great and the overall atmosphere feels like a vacation. So in a short drive and quick night or two stay we feel like we’ve really done something.

I can almost guarantee that next week I’ll be very productive because I’ve taken some time (however short it may be) to unwind and check out of my typical, never normal life.
And you don’t have to live driving distance from a foreign country to have a little, short trip. When I lived in Houston I would go to Galveston. When in Arkansas one day we just took out driving to better explore the areas around where we lived.

Taking a little break is fun and in the long run promotes great productivity; at least that is how it works for me! So while I’m watching the latest Disney movie, enjoying beach time and some retail therapy I’ll be looking forward to my productive week ahead. For now I’m off to enjoy a long holiday weekend in the Middle East.

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My cat’s secret to relaxation and productivity

Do you ever feel that you mind is so cluttered that it slows down your productivity? I often feel that way and I always am saying how jealous I am of my pets. They are always so relaxed yet seem to have energy when they want it. I’m an advocate of self-study. I tell students in my “Writing Moms” class to journal and study what tasks they are best at during various times of day. So I’m actually ashamed that I didn’t think to study my pets, especially my cat, Beast earlier.

Today I’m feeling pretty awesome and productive. What has made today so good? Well I copied my cat and squeezed a “cat” nap into my schedule right after lunch. Okay, to be clear, I’m always wanting to nap but with so much on my daily goal list that desired nap rarely happens. Today I gave in to sleep for just 30 minutes. After the nap I got moving slowly with reading emails and then moved into some stretches, which Beast happily weaved in and out of my legs during. The result? I feel amazing! I think just that half an hour of resting my mind gave me a boost that my body craved. I am definitely going to try and do this more often.

A sleeping Beast AKA our cat

A sleeping Beast AKA our cat

Next I’m setting my hourglass timer and diving into a writing sprint. I predict it too will be productive considering how I’m feeling. Maybe naps aren’t such a bad idea for busy people. There is a lot of information on the web about this topic and depending on what you read the source is for or against naps. Like all things I think the key is finding out what works best for you and making that happen.

Taking breaks through the day certainly helps our cat Beast. While he is napping now I know that soon he’ll be racing around the house, diving off furniture and playing Spiderman with our drapes. Everything is relative – to him that is being productive.

Do you take a daily nap or take time to rest your mind?

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