PUMP THE BRAKES.
I have this bad habit of hurrying home from work and jumping straight into the long list of to-do. More often than not..I’m burnt out before 7pm. Do the math, minus traffic, that’s less than an hour of productivity. Then I spend the rest of the evening feeling guilty about not getting anything done, leaving both my work and my personal life to suffer for it.
I know I’m not alone, and maybe at some point in my life I will have normal business hours, but right now it’s just not that simple. What’s that saying…”Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours to avoid working 40 hours a week.” For now, I’m doing my best to balance the practical and creative sides of my career. This works pretty well for me, until a few times a year when I start to lose control. Usually happens when the seasons change, go figure.
Just last week I had a dream that the brakes in my car went out and I couldn’t stop, no matter how hard I stomped on them. I just kept rolling. Then Jeremy Clarkson showed up and offered me a ride in a Porsche. That part was cool. Except I couldn’t stop long enough to get out so he just waved from afar.
Thankfully, I’m learning to pump the brakes. Finding joy in things like running and cooking, treating it as purposeful me-time rather than a mindless chore. Acting on the fact that hustling won’t make me stronger, eating well and working out will. Hustling in our modern world sense does nothing but take.. It doesn’t give back. The more I make this my routine, the more I find the decompression and energy I need to not just tick a few more boxes, but replenish my spirit and still have time and energy for my family and friends.
By no means have I mastered this, but I’m definitely closer than I was at the start of this year. And I’m stoked about it.
So am I preaching to the choir, here? How do you find your balance?
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