Time-Off and Time-On — Give Yourself What You Need

Nourish yourself with time-off…

Time-off is crucial to your well-being.  Yet it’s often near the bottom of your list of priorities.

Am I right?

So, here’s the thing.

If you want to be as productive as possible, time boundaries are a key tool.  And it’s one that you usually think about using when focus and concentration are necessary for completing a task.

But time boundaries are vital, not just for your efficiency and effectiveness, they are fundamentally important for your well-being, too.

Time-Off and Time-On:

Time off is when you are completely away from your tasks and to-do lists.

Time on is when you are engaged in the tasks that you’ve set for yourself.

Setting boundaries that recognize these two categories of time helps you support yourself and find time success.


There are challenges inherent in giving yourself the space and time you need.  In fact, this may be the place where your time boundaries are most challenging (and challenged).

For example, to truly give yourself a break, have you ever tried to step away from your technology for a week?  A day?  Even a few hours?  You may need to think about doing this to truly give yourself some real time off. And if you’ve tried, you may have discovered that it isn’t easy.

I recently set a time boundary and stepped away from my desk to go for a long walk. I was overjoyed that the rain had (briefly) stopped here in New Hampshire.

There I was, breathing the clear, dry air. No phones or tablets or laptops. No reading material or to-do list.  Just me and the sun and the birdsong.

It was an incredibly refreshing walk as I let my mind relax and wander along with my body.

And you know what?  When I returned to my desk I had renewed energy and several creative ideas.

Create space for yourself…

And then look what happens. That energy and those ideas I had didn’t come from nowhere. They had been percolating in my subconscious for a long time.

Setting my time boundaries to give myself some time off gave me a different kind of uncluttered mental space.  And in that space, creative new ideas had the opportunity to pop up and make themselves visible.

So, do you really give yourself the gift of this kind of space and time?  How might you try it, starting today? See what kinds of gifts emerge.

More help creating time-off:

Setting and maintaining boundaries is a skill that makes everything else in your life possible. And it’s a difficult challenge for lots of smart, motivated people. People like you.

“Your Secret Power: How to Honor Your Time and Claim Your Space with Boundaries” gently steers you to a more profound understanding of where and how your boundary-setting efforts get short-circuited. Not only that, but it helps you establish the boundaries you need to unlock the door to your freedom. Boundary-setting is a skill that’s learnable, doable and definitely within your reach. And the strategies, tips and exercises in “Your Secret Power” help you discover how to:

  • Set and maintain boundaries to enhance your productivity and, yes, make more money;
  • Recharge your energy so you have the time and freedom to do what you value and what you’d like to do in your life; and
  • Learn how to say no, which opens the door to your next big Yes.

Ready to start using boundaries to maximize your time and energy? Click the link below to learn more about this transformative time tool and the bonuses that come with it:


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