March 22nd was National Goof-off Day. While the origin is unknown to me, I definitely see the value in such a day. I don’t mean a day to go skiing, get caught up on household repairs, or take the kids to an amusement park. My definition of a goof-off day is a day that does not require preparation, planning, schedule-keeping, or exertion. It’s a day of uninterrupted loafing. I recommend that everyone take a goof-off day in March, especially if you are in the midst of a job search.
A day to clear your mind and totally relax is beneficial for many reasons. You can’t run at 100% all of the time. Our bodies and minds need a bit of periodic downtime to restore. Also, when you are busy moving from one commitment to the next, often there is little time to consider or seek a new perspective. Use a goof-off day to rest, restore and reflect.
What goals should you set for your goof-off day? None! Just let things come as they may. You may stay in your PJs all day and binge-watch everything in your viewing queue. You may not complete a single task or reply to a single message. That is alright. This is your escape day during which you are accountable for nothing.
What can you expect to achieve as a result of your goof-off day? I advise against setting expectations for this day. However, you may have some unexpected results. For example, with a de-cluttered brain you might find yourself exploring new career options or new ways to market yourself. With a rested body, you will have a renewed energy to kick your job search and career into a higher gear.
Consider a goof-off day as a free pass to be completely unproductive and irresponsible. But, don’t be surprised if this day changes your perspective and reinvigorates you!