Rest and Reward

The alternating rhythm of work followed by rest or reward further trains us toward the practice of Sabbath and keeps our work sustainable. That's why we've included it in the design of our planner.

We encourage you to name each day what you will do as a rest or reward for completing your given priorities and also to keep a running list of ways you can incorporate this rhythm of rest and reward into your daily life. A “rest” option grounds and revitalizes you. A “reward” gives you something to anticipate upon the completion of a priority.

As you try out the ideas, notice which items truly restore you and bring you joy.

Jenn Giles Kemper 

Below, you'll find an ever-growing list of ideas to get your started on this practice. The list has been—and will continue to be—curated by the our kindreds. Share your own suggestions for this idea bank in the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook group to have them added here. 

Rest—Idea Bank

Step outside and look around

Do nothing for 2 minutes 

Take a leisurely walk

Sit on your porch for a few minutes

Play with your pets

Watch the sunset

Take a bath

Take a nap

Ponder a Scripture verse

Gaze at an icon

Do a 2-minute meditation using a mindfulness app

Walk a labyrinth

Light a candle

Sit by the water


Go to a yoga class

Take a hot shower

Go for a hike

Get a massage

Play the piano

Read a psalm

Pick some flowers

Spend time just breathing

Reward—Idea Bank

Get coffee with a friend 

Drink a cup of tea in your favorite teacup

Read a magazine

Read a chapter in a book

Watch an episode of a TV show

Listen to a podcast episode

Listen to a favorite album or song

Take yourself to the movies

Enjoy a piece of chocolate

Spend time writing

Schedule a craft day with a friend

Take a trip through the Starbucks drive-thru

Spend time scrapbooking

Enjoy a meal at a restaurant

Browse a bookstore

Plan a weekend outing

Visit the library

Have a dance party

Make brownies

Tidy your work space



Color in an adult coloring book

Complete a crossword puzzle

Get a pedicure

Browse a favorite store

Read a poem

Write a poem

Call a friend

Purchase new art supplies

Visit a museum

Go for a picnic

Enjoy a day at the beach

Take a long drive

Write a letter to a friend

Play a game

Go for a run

Brainstorm a fun project idea