Jason Smith

I'm Jason. This is my home on the web where I write. 

This is the thing that has kept my family together and sane for 10 years

This is the thing that has kept my family together and sane for 10 years

I keep the Sabbath... sort of. 

I'm not Jewish. I'm not a Seventh Day Adventist. I don't have a group of friends who also do this. 

But... 

From Friday sunset to Saturday sunset I don't do any work, my family doesn't do any work, and we don't go spending money. 

That's about it. We still use electricity and the internet. We'll use a hospital if it's needed, and if someone needs help, I'll still go and help them, even if it's work. 

We don't do any chores. The kids basically have the day free to do what they want. I try not to even look at work. We eat whatever leftovers are floating around. And we make as few plans as possible. It's not a day where we stop our normal jobs and do the chores around the house instead. It's NO WORK REQUIRED AT ALL. The kids call it the "chill out day". That's what it is. It's a day of rest. We might still work on our hobbies, if they're something we actually enjoy. That's cool. 

It's a hard and fast rule... that we don't work on Saturday. I have no idea how the Jews originally did it. But we do it with just those few rules mentioned above. 

Here are the benefits I have found after doing this for about 10 years now. 

1. I get sick less often. 
2. I have something to look forward to. 
3. It has resulted in WAY more quality family time all together. 
4. It's like a big reset button at the end of the week. I feel ready to start again properly. 
5. I rarely feel the need to go on a holiday. (Although we still do.)
6. I get a HEAP of ideas for my business on the day off.
7. Sometimes my work is absolutely frantic. By Friday evening my mind is spinning a million miles an hour. It can then take a full day just to let it settle.
8. My wife and I are still married after 10 years. 

I'm not saying everyone should do this.

Wait. Yes. I am actually. I really think everyone needs to do this. It's not natural to have to do stuff every single day. I meet people who work hard in their business all week then hard at home doing chores and shit during the weekend. I just about want to die thinking of that life. 

I know that used to be me. But I couldn't go back to living that way. 

If you do try it, I just have to let you know that you need to make it a hard rule. If you're too flexible, things will inevitably happen that will make you break it... clients asking for Saturday work.... friends inviting you for brunch on Saturday... dishes that really should be put away before Mum comes over... You have to be able to say "fuck 'em, I don't care what they think, this is my chill out day and I'm trading it for no one."

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