Zero Tasking Day – November 7, 2021

Zero Tasking Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in November every year. This year, we will observe it on November 7. While setting our clocks back to standard time, we are all tempted to get a few tasks in. Zero Tasking Day encourages us to dedicate those free minutes to ourselves by enjoying peace and quiet while appreciating our environment and life.

History of Zero Tasking Day

Zero Tasking Day celebrates peace and calm and teaches people that in a fast-moving environment, it is okay to pause and reflect, or pause and appreciate life. It is an intentional approach to doing nothing stressful for a better approach and outlook on life. Some have termed it a productivity booster; resting for a while gives the brain a boost and a new view on tasks ahead and how to tackle them.

Daylight savings was created to enable individuals who follow a clock-based schedule to get as many things done with the seasons’ ensuing changes (shorter days, longer nights). It was decided that the clock would be changed on the same day at the same time to be an hour ahead, so people have more hours during the day. The main purpose is to make better use of daylight.

The change in seasons brings about an end to daylight savings, making people believe they have an additional hour left to get things done. Zero Tasking Day exists to educate and influence people to use those extra 60 minutes to take care of themselves and have me-time by not engaging in or doing anything, and simply gazing and appreciating.

Author and blogger Nancy Christie was the pioneer of this trend. Nancy favored the quality of life people lived and the value they placed on themselves over the quantity and things individuals pushed to accomplish. After all, one cannot truly get things done if you are stressed out and always on the move.

Zero Tasking Day timeline

1874
Benjamin Franklin Saves the Candles

He writes a letter suggesting that going to bed an hour early can save candle usage.

1875
All Work and No Play

The Factory Act limits daily working hours to eight, allowing people to rest.

1901
The Leisure Industry Emerges

A new form of entertainment emerges for the working-class audience at low prices.

1935
Literacy and Leisure

Reading as a way to unwind becomes common with Penguin Books at the heart of it.

Zero Tasking Day FAQs

What should I do with my free time?

Nothing!

How long is Zero Tasking Day?

Zero Tasking Day technically lasts for an hour, saved from daylight savings, but the concept and meaning behind it are to create consistent periods dedicated to rest and self-care. You can observe it every day or every month for an hour.

What if I don’t know how to rest?

Workaholics usually have an issue with resting, not because they do not want to, but because they do not know how to. Limit distractions, try resting or doing nothing for short periods in a day, and work your way up; consequently, you’ll find it easier to do nothing.

Zero Tasking Day Activities

  1. Sleep in

    That extra hour of much-needed sleep wouldn’t hurt, especially after months of depriving yourself of proper sleep; it is only fair to give in to your body and snooze that alarm.

  2. Do nothing

    The best way to celebrate Zero Tasking Day is to do nothing. Take this as a step to teach your body to rest and take a break.

  3. Take control

    In an environment where we schedule everything, time has become increasingly important. On this day, take a step back and disassociate yourself from the hustle and bustle of time, schedules, and tasks.

5 Interesting Facts About Leisure

  1. It was for the upper class

    Doing nothing was an activity for people with wealth and fewer working hours.

  2. It became an organized part of society

    Social organizations and spaces were created for leisure activities.

  3. It was seen as a male activity

    Men dominated the public leisure industry.

  4. It follows cultural differences

    Time for leisure varies based on the complexity or simplicity of a society.

  5. Men have more of it

    Some research shows that men enjoy up to five hours more leisure time per week than women.

Why We Love Zero Tasking Day

  1. Teaches stress control

    No one wants to crash and burn, but how do you know you are about to crash when you don’t stop to check? Zero Tasking Day teaches us simple ways to control our emotions. Nothing elaborate; just stop and stare.

  2. Promotes self-love

    Life can get overwhelming and demanding, making everyone go crazy trying to keep up. On this day, breathe in and out, appreciate the smaller things in your life and the person you are becoming.

  3. It keeps us in check

    Drop your ridiculous list of daily to-dos. Some of us try cramming too many things into our days; we overburden ourselves and don’t do right by our bodies and minds.

Zero Tasking Day dates

YearDateDay
2021November 7Sunday
2022November 6Sunday
2023November 5Sunday
2024November 3Sunday
2025November 2Sunday

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