If you are like me, you see your time as an investment. Wherever you put your time is where you reap your rewards, wasting time is not an option and people who do waste time are lazy. I still believe this to be true, but have come to realize that my idea of wasting was completely wrong.
That being said, I have confession to make: I used to look down on people.. or rather I looked down on those who would go out and have fun when there was significant work they could be doing(you can always be doing something productive). I felt like those people were being lazy. Maybe for me, it was simply a way to look down on others(not sure what’s wrong with me there). But I now realize that having fun and doing what you enjoy is something every person must do to not only stay sane, but get more done in the long run.
I have always been extremely concerned with all the work there is to do. So concerned that I would miss family outings, I would never hang out with friends and I missed out on everything I enjoyed. My thinking was this: get as much done now so I can live a happier and healthier life in the future. I neglected and even alienated those I cared about and loved. I still believe the above sentence about get things done to some degree, but I even lost productivity in the long run because of how unhappy I became and how much physical and emotional pain I caused myself. There has to be some balance and I’m still searching for just where that is. Productivity is important, but as a human being, you must know how to channel it and find that right balance. If you’re truly going to be as productive as possible, find something that you love to do and do it! Take time for yourself and invest in your own life.
I went skiing this morning. It was the first time I had done so in far too long. I invested, for the first time, in good equipment and had an absolute blast. At first, I felt guilty. I have a client who needed some work done and also had a meeting, but I decided it was in my best interest to heed the teaching of this post and take the morning for myself. The work got done regardless and the meeting got moved to another reasonable time. I feel that much more productive – liberated even! I had to ask myself this morning: what kind of life do I want to look back on in the end?
– What is it that you enjoy doing? Don’t neglect it – don’t neglect yourself.
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