Today is National Goof Off Day

National Goof Off DayThat’s right, we have a legitimate reason to break our routine, be silly and procrastinate.

For one day, avoid the “musts” and “shoulds” of your life and give yourself permission to play.

It’s good for you. Really. It’s widely accepted that goofing off can relieve stress, increase productivity and improve our normal activities. Your rejuvenation can lead to enhanced creativity, experimentation and discovery.

Think about it. When do you have your most creative moments? Some say in the shower, while outdoors or relaxing on the porch doing nothing. Letting lose of control opens the door for new ideas, solutions and understanding.

For one whole day – and a little bit every day – celebrate the art of slacking off. Turn off your digital devices and:

  • Daydream
  • Nap
  • Look at things that visually appeal to you (flowers, fashions, art, etc.)
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Take funny pictures
  • Get on the playground equipment
  • Run around with the kids
  • Start a tickle contest
  • Indulge a hobby
  • Go for a long car ride
  • Dance, wiggle, sing, play tag, jump rope, sip lemonade, ride a bicycle

Above all, join Bertrand Russell and commit to the fact that “the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”  

One day devoted to such fun isn’t enough. National Nothing Day, National Lazy Day and National Relaxation Day are coming soon.

How will you goof off?