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See this guy? He’s exhausted. The harder he pushes the worse his performance will become. He needs a break.
And so do you. As a society we spend an unhealthy amount of time obsessing over trying to find the fastest, most efficient way to accomplish tons of things. These posts are about that exact thing to a large extent.
Yesterday, I focused on the facility of multitasking. TL;DR: Multitasking is a myth. Stop kidding yourself and do one thing at a time. Today I’ll focus on taking a step back.
But what happens when we do all the right things and still find ourselves getting negative, overly critical, irritable, and just a nightmare to be around? That’s the beginning of burnout. Burnout is dangerous on a bunch of different levels. I’ll cover that another time.
The post I’ll offer tonight makes the argument that we need to keep our hobbies in our lives. The larger gist is that we need balance. Being out of balance is a bad thing.
Taking time for yourself isn’t some new age way of getting out of work or responsibilities. It’s a valid and valuable method of self-healing and replenishment. Steven Covey called it sharpening the saw. That being said, everything in moderation. Sharpen your saw then chop down your tree.
So take a step back, take a few minutes and try to enjoy the life you’ve built. There’s plenty of work to be done and it will be waiting for you.