WASHINGTON. As I sat through the second round of proofreading for my new, forthcoming book, I was alerted to a Harvard Business Review article that arrived in my email inbox and caught my attention. Written by Neil Pasricha, it was called “Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week.”
An “untouchable day”? Boy, that sounded good to me!
Having read that article, I want to share with you a bit about my current book experience and how an “untouchable day” fits in.
I knew my book project would take a good amount of time. So I planned ahead for extra time in case I needed it. Even more, because this was a first-time project for me, I knew there would be things that might pop up that I just was not aware of or prepared for.
So I figured I would simply deal with those things as they occurred. After all, we all juggle our schedules when unexpected things come up. So my attitude toward my book project was plan to the best of my ability, but be flexible along the way.
But an “untouchable day”? Wow.
I have always maintained a healthy business-life integration. If I added something to my schedule, I made sure that I had the time before I said “yes.” If not, I could take something out of my schedule to create the time I needed. That process has worked well for me and for my clients as well. In general, I try to set healthy boundaries and not deplete my energy. After all, almost everyone I am in contact with has a busy life, too.
Yet when I encountered Pasricha’s article I was absolutely ready to try an “untouchable day.” I’d like to share this concept with you. Your circumstances may be different, so you can substitute yours.
All of us fill our time with various “things” – appointments, meetings, travel. Your hope is that you will free up some time and energy in order to be able to gain more energy, more creativity, and more peace and experience way less stress. That’s where the notion of an Untouchable Day comes in.
So what is an Untouchable Day?
What is an Untouchable Day? It’s a day when I will literally be 100 percent unreachable in any way. By anyone.
Untouchable Days are now going to be my secret sauce for getting back on track. They’re going to be how I achieve my most creative and rewarding work. The author of the article said he was 10 times more productive on his Untouchable Days.
Pashrica said that planning your Untouchable Days involves looking at your calendar sixteen weeks ahead of time. Then, for each week, you block out an entire day as UNTOUCHABLE, putting that word in all-caps.
But, what about emergencies, you might be wondering? Pasricha says that there really aren’t any, unless they are genuine real-life emergencies.
Pasricha has a simple rule. He says an Untouchable Day may never be deleted. But Untouchable Days can move between “the bowling-lane bumpers of the weekends.”
I like Neil Pasricha’s thinking. He says that when you plant the Untouchable Day flag on your calendar, it feels permanent in your mind. You start to feel the creative high you’ll get from such deep output as soon as you start booking those Untouchable Days in.
To read more on the Untouchable Day and how it can work for you, just follow this link.
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Susan Commander Samakow, PCC, CPCC
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