It has been sixteen weeks of #WeeklyAction, and this week’s edition will seem simple, relaxing, and enjoyable. However, to do it right, you will need to be fully present, extremely dedicated, and unbelievably diligent.
Counter-intuitively, I would argue, this action might be one of the more important ones for the modern person to take - for we don’t really know how to do it, even though there is more choice and temptation to do it than ever before.
It is time to take a “break”.
⚡ The Action
Take at least one full hour of complete and utter relaxation and enjoyment daily. No procrastination, no guilty feelings, no thinking of anything else during the process.
🤔 The Why
Most of us have been socially conditioned to believe that if we just put in the working hours, day-in & day-out, then through a series of miracles - we will eventually (at the latest, on our deathbed), find happiness.
In reality, by over-working - we get ourselves to the said deathbed faster while achieving (often, but not always) much less than we had planned.
When we do find time to relax, we often feel guilty for doing it, we label it as procrastination, and as a result, we do not relax, we do not get any work done, and then we start feeling bad about ourselves on top of it all. That is not a win-win situation if you ask me.
Let’s break that cycle.
🧐 The How - Full Version
You deserve a proper rest, and you have my blessing and permission to indulge in your favorite activity.
Find a one-hour time slot when nobody will disturb you. Turn off all communication devices.
Do not feel guilty, do not feel you are procrastinating, do not feel as if you are cheating on your goals, do not feel that you are bad. You need to rest properly and indulge in the activities that you love in order to get back to productivity.
Pick your favorite relaxation activity: Netflix, gaming, nature-walking, meditation, music, reading, do nothing.
Indulge in your relaxation activity with full presence. Catch the thoughts and feelings you experience and let them go. This is your time, and you deserve it.
🐨 Lazy Mode
I am literally asking you to watch Netflix, play computer games, read books, and do nothing.
Do you really expect a “lazy mode” for this week? Or perhaps you are too busy to be lazy or too lazy to truly enjoy laziness?
💸 Professional Application
Don’t get me wrong, I want you to succeed both personally and professionally. Don’t get me wrong, it takes time and effort to become good at something. Don’t get me wrong - you will need to work quite a lot, in order to succeed.
However, the most important part of this newsletter is to realize that proper relaxation is a part of your working and success regime.
Let’s use your heart as an example. It goes through the rhythm of “beat” - “off-beat” - “beat” - “off-beat” around 60-100 times a minute. It doesn’t just “beat”, the whole time. It needs rest to function.
If it was constantly in the state of the “beat”, it would not be able to pump your blood around your organism at all. Similarly, if you make it beat too fast, with too few micro-breaks, it will wear itself out and die on you way too soon.
Work-life is the same. If you want to perform at your best, then you need to make sure you have plenty of “off-beats” in your life. It is your professional responsibility to relax and enjoy yourself so that you can perform much better when the time comes.
Work less. Do more. - > My TechChill talk on the matter.
💖 Personal Application
We all know that someone, to whom we just want to say: “you must rest or you will burn out at this pace.” If we do actually say it, they reply: “I am okay”, “I just need to get this startup launched”, “I will relax when I am rich”, “I AM RELAXED!" (with a menacing look of a hungry, exhausted dire wolf)” or some other gibberish.
If you have thought so about someone else, I am almost certain you also need to listen to your own advice.
Those around you, often feel your vibes better than you do, and if you are not properly relaxing, it will affect all of your relationships, as you will not be able to give them the love and support that they deserve.
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