Making Kicking Back A Priority

By: Caitlin Cheevers, Guest Blogger

Around the beginning of the year, everyone is thinking about what they want to achieve in the next 365 days. Lose weight. Learn something new. Contact family more. You get the idea.

Well, I’m very Type-A, so goals and to do lists are kind of my jam.

While most people just make these resolutions at the beginning of the year (and usually forget about them by the time February rolls around), I’m making them at the beginning of each month.

It’s like Regular Contributor Devin Riggs said not too long ago. “Every day is filled with potential.” So why limit yourself to setting goals just at the beginning of the year?

Well, one of my goals a few months back was to have more productive weekends. It was really my only time to work on my hobbies, so I wanted to cram as much into those few hours at the end of each week as I could.

But then once the weekends roll around, all I want to do is, well, nothing.

I work full time, blog, run an Etsy shop, play in two sports leagues, watch every single Detroit Red Wings hockey game, run my local I AM THAT GIRL meetings, and have a kitten, a puppy, and a boyfriend who all demand my attention (in a good way, of course).

Weekends are my time to breathe.


I had to seriously consider if I wanted to drop anything out of my schedule, but I don’t. I love everything that I do, which means I have to adjust in other ways.

What I realized is that I have to prioritize relaxation during the weekends, not productivity. And that’s perfectly okay.

In fact, relaxing is being productive.

After all, if you’re always giving 100% and not taking breaks to recharge and take care of yourself, you’re not going to be productive for very long.

Sometimes the best way to be productive is to sit back, relax, and take some time out for you.

Take a bath.

Watch your favorite TV shows for seven straight hours.

Go swimming.

Write in your journal.

Take a walk.

Sleep until the late afternoon.


Whatever it is that relaxes you, don’t feel ashamed to do it, even if it doesn’t cross something off your to do list.

On the other hand, maybe I’ll add those relaxing things to my to do list to satisfy my Type-A personality.

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About Caitlin

Caitlin_Cheevers_Avatar.jpgCaitlin Cheevers is the entire marketing department at an office technology dealer in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her free time, she writes, designs, and publishes her own blog,, where she obsesses over hockey, blogging, graphic design, DIY projects, Africa, feminism, books, travel, coffee, food, and possibly dinosaurs.



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