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Epic Wednesday: Why we take a weekly day off and you should too

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It’s been about a couple of months that we’ve been taking every wednesday off. That’s right. Our week is now only made of 4 workdays, not 5. You might be wondering why we would choose to do that, and this is exactly what this blog post is going to be about. Carving out a day in the middle of the week is certainly unconventional, maybe scary, but it’s one of the best things we’ve done for our business, our life and perfecting the balance between those two. Sounds good? Read on!

We first heard about this concept via our friends Nick & Gen from the Great Anomaly (in this episode), and it really intrigued us. Many of us dedicate our weekdays to working and hustling. Then on the weekends, we put work aside to switch off, relax and socialize. This is already a deal of great balance, and if you’re your own boss then you can be proud if you have managed to do this. Yet, somehow we all complain that we do not have enough time to do other things such as plan our lives properly, take care of ourselves, work on our personal projects or just use a bit of time to reflect. How about taking an extra day to just do all the things you virtually “never” have time to do and that actually matter in your life and your personal development?

As a creative studio, we make a living thanks to the services that we provide and to the clients who trust us with taking care of their projects. It’s something that we’re very happy about, as we generally work with people that we truly connect with, on creative projects that we’re passionate about – so we never really feel like we’re “trading our time”. However, if we want to live a truly “creative” lifestyle, then it’s not such a good idea to get our entire weekly schedule filled to the brim. We knew from the beginning that this lifestyle had to come with a little extra wiggle room to do a bunch of things that may not be lucrative, but can highly benefit us as creatives and as happy, healthy individuals.

 

As you can imagine, it can get quite problematic when ignored. A few examples of how this has been an issue for us in the past:

– We had subscribed to a bunch of lovely inspirational magazines, blogs and newsletters for inspiration and rarely ever took time to actually look through them… with a notebook and a fresh mind. Although this could’ve been extremely stimulating for our creativity.

– We wanted to feel in control of our lifestyle choices and our finances but we never took time to just crunch some numbers. Even though it would have been eye-opening to get nitty gritty with it.

– We were keeping some seriously cool ideas in the back of our heads but we didn’t allow them to come to the surface, as we weren’t actually making time to plan and develop them. What if some had great potential?

 

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Just three examples and I could go on. By now, you can probably think of some things that you also wish you had more time to dedicate to – am I right?

You know how it goes. It’s about priorities. If you want to progress with something in your life, you need to make it a priority and therefore make time for it. If your weekends are already taken with other activities, then you might have to think how you can sacrifice some time during the week. Pick a day and make it your “development day”. It doesn’t have to be wednesday. It doesn’t have to be a full day, nor does it have to be to be every week. But simply carve out some time to do the stuff that you always wanted to do.

We picked wednesday because it’s in the middle of the week and that can feel like a refreshing creative break. It has become our favourite day. We call it by many names: development day, personal day, or just epic daybecause it’s truly epic to feel on top of everything.

 

So…what are our development days currently used for?

– Updating our website – yep, we are currently working on some new pages. If we wouldn’t carve out some time for that, then it probably end up a really boring place!

– Adjusting and perfecting some things about our creative process, so we can do better, more awesome things for our clients and ourselves.

– Seriously collecting inspiration by the bucketful and creating mood boards for personal ideas.

– Planning our travels & cost of living wherever we are going next, which is important for the nomadic lifestyle we’re trying to live. This usually involves researching, crunching numbers and filling a couple of excell sheets, so it can go from mindly boring to very exciting, but has to be done! By the way, we just picked an exciting place where we’ll spend the winter months, and we’ll reveal it very soon 🙂

– Coming up with new content and fun ways to communicate about what we do. We’re about to use a new platform and so something very exciting is in the making, folks!

– Every once in a while: just meditating. Mastering the art of doing nothing. Because our busy minds need a bit of unwinding. And hitting that refresh button is truly nurturing.

 

If you took one day a week to progress on your personal projects, the back-office of your biz or your health, what would you do? What would you use your Epic Wednesday for? Let us know in the comments!

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  • This is the best and most brilliant idea ever! It would make me so happy to actually take every Wednesday off ahah if only i could afford it! If i did, all the rest 4 days would end up being so stressful :/ i’m still pretty strict about my weekends though. No phones, work, emails or internet. If i open my laptop it will be just to play sims haha

    • Linda Dieschbourg

      Thank you so much for your comment, Corina!!

      It did take us a while to kind of “hack” through our schedule and make this personal day a possibility, but it was totally worth it – I guess the main point of it was to gain some extra time to allow ourselves to evolve creatively or reflect on our business/lifestyle. We definitely didn’t make enough time for it before so we needed to make a change (a somewhat radical one!). It seems you’re dealing with it so well – you always seem to make time for personal creative experiments, and you always have something awesome cooking up. So don’t worry, you are doing extra great with that, I guess you have already found your very own “balancing act” and you are living your EPIC day on the daily – at least it certainly seems so 🙂
      How do you feel about it? Do you wish you had more time for other things/projects?

      By the way, SIMS = woohoo, another thing we got in common. I’m addicted to it 😉

      • Hah oh man, i would really need that day off though! A midweek break is just the best. And yes, i would totally want more time for personal projects. I still manage posts every week, and some personal projects, but i have so many more things i wish i was doing. But then again, if the week had one more or two days,i would still be working. There’s ALWAYS something to work on, isn’t there? So i always end up to settle with the fact that you know, i always have the weekend to rest, and the rest of the week to do both personal + client projects. Which is why in my weekdays you’ll find me 12 hours in front of the computer ahah But i do love it!

        Oh and sims, how cool is it? I’m still playing it after 15 years! Just preordered new expansion pack and so excited to play the new city in November haha

        • Linda Dieschbourg

          Gosh I know how you feel. There’s always something to work on, indeed – the struggle is real!! You could try to carve out a midweek morning or an afternoon, that could already be a great start and if you give it a chance it can become your ritual – just a moment for “me” time, for putting those personal projects on the table and reflecting on which are worth pursuing. On how you feel about it all – you know, creative meditation time. This and taking a bit of time for reading ESSENTIALISM. This book seriously changed our lives. It really allowed us to un-prioritize all the noise in our minds and to figure out what really matters. I think that in this “do more, need more” kind of society where being busy is an addiction, everybody needs to read it, haha!!! 🙂

          … And everybody should make more time for playing Sims. Seriously. So should I, actually. It’s so freaking awesome!!! Sim city is intimidating me though. I mostly enjoy creating strange sim families in tiny houses 😀 lol

  • Holy cow, I love this idea so much. I just finished Cal Newport’s book Deep Work, and this concept fits right in with what he’s talking about—we fill our schedules with so much shallow work (stuff like returning emails) that we don’t leave ourselves mental space or energy for the deep work of creativity and fresh ideas. Honestly, though, I could see using an Epic Wednesday to get a lot of shallow work off the docket, so you have more room for deep work the other days of the week. Either way, it’s fantastic.

    • Linda Dieschbourg

      Thank you SO much for your comment, Melody!!! So happy you find this post helpful. By the way, this book seems very interesting, thank you for mentioning it – I have been looking for what books to read lately, so I’ll definitely check it out :))

  • Absolutely love this idea! It’s been on my mind of late to dedicating a day or even half a day to doing other creative stuff, but after reading this post, we are definitely going to do it! 🙂 Back when we used to make games, we did “Game Jams”, which is where you make a game in 24 hours or more, and I think it will be nice to experiment with this type of structure where you have to make something creative in a set time. Good with a bit of boundaries! 😀 Like you said, it’s all about priorities! Thanks for a great post and inspiration. 🙂

    • Linda Dieschbourg

      HOW COOL to do these “game jams”!! I love it and I can totally relate!! It’s so awesome to take time to do these personal projects and creativity challenges, I totally agree. Thank you so much for your comment, I’m so happy this post gives you the extra little kick you need to just DO it 🙂

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