Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is to rest.
Yesterday was a productive day. I learned the basics of Docker and Kubernetes (I’m a software developer by profession and I do love me some tech), wrote blog posts for my tech blog, made lunch, and also worked on my blog. I have been busy.
Actually, I have been crazy busy for the last couple of months. Working from home is surely a blessing in these tough times, but I have been finding myself working longer hours than usual, wearing multiple hats to get the job done and I slowly can see my personal life and professional life blur as I stay confined in my home.
Also, last month I launched a new blog series called ‘Quarantine Diaries‘ where bloggers from over 12 countries shared their stories. It’s the most active I have ever been on the blog and it did take a lot of effort as well.
It’s safe to say that I’m tired – on the edge of burning out. I don’t remember taking a break or a vacation. I have been working on something or the other even on the weekends.
This feeling reminds me of how our society now always tells us to hustle. Do more, hustle more, work more, be busy more. Telling someone that you’re busy has become a norm these days and I’m guilty of this as well (just, see above).
We wear busy as a badge of honor.
But today as I write this after I finally took a day off, I realize how important it is to slow down. To also rest as you hustle. To take a break and not feel guilty for it because sometimes the most productive thing to do is to rest.
You’ll have greater clarity
When we hustle or keep busy, we tend to always be on the move. Checking off things from the to-do list only to swiftly move on to the next. This doesn’t give us the time to self-introspect. To take a step back and see the bigger picture.
When we slow down, we make time for clarity. We see in which direction we are headed and if it’s the path we want to take. We check-in on ourselves and see how we feel about it ultimately helping us to make better decisions.
You’ll be more mindful of your decisions instead of being mindless.
You’ll be healthier
Burning out is real. Mental fatigue is real. Stress is real. Your body needs rest to function. I’m not expanding this point because you all know why this is important. Always prioritize your health.
You’ll enjoy the journey
When you’re healthier, you would tend to enjoy and appreciate the journey instead of associating it with stress and anxiety. You’ll enjoy doing what you love and do it with a purpose and not treat it as another task to complete.
You’ll know the things that matter
When we are busy, we tend to say ‘no’ to a lot of things just because we don’t have the time. Time and energy are finite. But we also say ‘yes’ to a lot of things only to hustle. We don’t stop and see which of them aligns more with our values and which one makes us happier in the long run.
P.S If you were looking for a sign to take a well-deserved break, this is it.
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