Do You Need a “Reset” Day?

Recently, I’ve been experimenting a bit with productivity. As I’ve tried different strategies to improve my productivity and make more time for myself so that I can work on improving my health and overall wellness, I’ve felt better about my situation, and I’ve been able to get more done.

It’s been a great thing.

One of the strategies I’ve employed as part of my effort to be more productive in my life overall is the “reset” day.

What is a Reset Day?

As you probably imagine, a “reset” day is one in which you take the time to check yourself and organize your situation. Sometimes, everything starts to pile up, and it’s difficult to stay caught up. This is especially true when you have new tasks with each new day, but you’re already trying to finish up with holdovers from days before.

Yesterday, I saw myself with this problem. So I did the work that had┬áto be done, and then I spent the rest of the day “resetting” myself so that I could be ready to tackle new challenges later. This included things like organizing my schedule, making sure I exercised, and just generally clearing up some of the clutter in the house and in my life.

Did I get a whole lot done in terms of “work”? Nope. But I did manage to clear out my email inbox, balance my bank account statements, and spend some time with my son. Instead of fretting about what I wasn’t getting done, I focused on the things that would help me focus going forward.

Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with what is happening in our lives that it’s hard to concentrate on what we’re supposed to be doing. A reset day can help you bring that into focus. Choose a couple of tasks (especially if they are big tasks you have been putting off) and focus on taking care of them. Do what you can to organize yourself and reset yourself so that you can move forward.

How Reset Days Help Me

When I take a reset day, it’s not about sitting around and doing nothing. It’s about taking care of some things that have been piling up in my life. It helps me cut through the clutter so that I can get back to focusing on what I should be doing. It also sets me up to feel energized so that the next day I’m ready to jump in and tackle my to-do list. Plus, it gives me a chance to look at what’s coming up, and prioritize my tasks. I have a clearer vision for the coming days after completing a reset day.

I think taking three or four reset days a month is probably ideal for me. It’s a chance to address problems and solve them. I always feel better after a reset day, and I always get more done.

What about you? Do you ever take reset days? What do you do to get your priorities and life back on track?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.