Zero Tasking Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in November every year. This year, we will observe it on November 5. 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
He writes a letter suggesting that going to bed an hour early can save candle usage.
The Factory Act limits daily working hours to eight, allowing people to rest.
A new form of entertainment emerges for the working-class audience at low prices.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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
It was for the upper class
Doing nothing was an activity for people with wealth and fewer working hours.
It became an organized part of society
Social organizations and spaces were created for leisure activities.
It was seen as a male activity
Men dominated the public leisure industry.
It follows cultural differences
Time for leisure varies based on the complexity or simplicity of a society.
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
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.
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.
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.
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