The hammock awaits: If you could take a lazy day, what would you do?
It’s National Lazy Day.
Who decides these things? Spontaneous invention of the Internets?
Don’t think about it too deeply because that would defeat the purpose of this day.
At least until midnight, you can allow yourself to stop thinking about gaining health, wealth and wisdom via early to rise, early to bed, being the early bird and so on.
For many of us, a lazy day doesn’t exist and for others, any actual observance of National Lazy Day would lead to feelings of slothfulness.
But there may be some benefit to being lazy, at least on occasion.
Research published in the Journal of Health Psychology (online in January 2015, in print in August 2016) titled “The physical sacrifice of thinking” seemed to show that people with higher IQs spend more time thinking than doing, thus they are more physically lazy.
So that’s one way of considering or justifying a lazy day.
There’s also survey findings from U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off (projecttimeoff.com) that showed 55 percent of American workers left vacation days unused in 2015 and more than half of households didn’t take time to plan a vacation.
Combine unused vacation days with a possible higher IQ and what more excuse do you need for a bit of idleness?
But we understand that a lazy day might be a dream, so at least take a day dream and consider what you would do if you could participate in National Lazy Day.
Here are two busy local individuals who shared with us what their average weekday looks like and what they would do if they could spend a lazy day.
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Rose Pugliese, Mesa County commissioner, gets up at 5 a.m. so she can fit in a workout before her day hits overdrive.
“I have two children,” she said, “so in between working out and getting ready (for work), I’ve prepared one bottle.”
Then there’s breakfast — except she doesn’t get to eat it so she usually quickly makes a protein shake so she can drink it in the car on the way to work — and she reads a few books with the kids.
Then it’s out the door, (dropping kids off at school if it’s that time of year) and perhaps going to a board meeting —“I sit on a lot of boards” — around 7:30 a.m. before arriving at her office about 8 a.m.
And there likely are a few phone calls made or taken during that time, too.
Then meetings and talking with constituents fills the workday. On Tuesday, she had meetings at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m., and then a 3 p.m. conference call, followed by a 4 p.m. meeting that she expected to be over by 6 p.m.
Most days, she returns some phone calls while on her way home from work.
“I’m trying really hard to put my county phone down after 6 so that I can spend some time focused on my kids. Sometimes that works and sometimes, depending on the crisis, it doesn’t,” Pugliese said.
She and her husband take turns making dinner — thank goodness for his help on other things, too, she said.
Depending on how the evening is going, she might fit in some yoga to de-stress, or actually sit down and watch some Netflix, but by 8 p.m. the TV is off and it’s time for puzzles and books with her kids.
“By 9:30 p.m, I’m asleep and if I’m lucky, I get to sleep through the night,” she said, adding that she generally falls asleep before her kids do.
So what would she do if she were actually able to observe National Lazy Day?
“I would sleep.”
“When people talk about binge-watching Netflix, I think that sounds like so much fun. I would like to do that some day,” Pugliese said.
Or she would do some yoga without her son jumping on her back during a pose. Or she would go for a hike.
“I love to hike and I just don’t find that I have the time to do that,” she said. “There are so many beautiful places in Mesa County that I would love to explore more of.”
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“Everything is so structured, we don’t even realize how much pressure is on us,” said Page Tucker, chief executive officer of ProStar GeoCorps, who intentionally builds downtime into his week, usually on Sundays.
“I think in today’s world you have to be able to do that, to turn off, to disconnect,” he said.
But if he were to take a “lazy day” midweek, he would likely get up about the same time he usually does: 7 a.m.
Then he would break from his usual routine of watching the news and prepping his gym bag and just head to the gym first thing because even if he had a case of the lazies, a workout isn’t something he wants to skip.
Then he would wash his truck instead of being at the office at 8 a.m. to answer email, make phone calls and attend a meeting or two with his staff.
He would then get on his 2001 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle, catch up with some buddies and go for a ride somewhere around the valley, snag lunch and probably have a beer or two.
It would be an afternoon far different than one in the office, which entails overseeing business and software development, giving webinars demonstrating software and meeting with government officials or representatives from at least one company to whom ProStar GeoCorps offers services.
After work is when he usually hits the gym. “That’s like my getaway between a hectic day and going home. I go to the gym and put my ear plugs in (for music) and work out,” Tucker said.
From there he goes by Sprouts for dinner supplies and gets home by about 8 p.m. He eats dinner, check for calls and emails, watches a bit of news and then it’s bedtime at 10:40 p.m.
But if it was a lazy day and the evening weather was nice, he’d likely find somewhere in Grand Junction or Palisade where he could eat dinner on a restaurant patio. If it were hot, he might catch a movie or wander into a bookstore for a couple books.
For a “really true lazy day ... you’re even lazy on how you plan it,” he said. “It could just be a variety of things that you like doing.”