I used to try to work all the time. After all, there is always something to get done. Always something to cross off my to do list. It seems like it has taken forever for me to understand that the to do list will never be completed and that’s okay. It’s okay to take a break and do something you enjoy.
Sometimes I would work all day, and then stay up late trying to get as many tasks done as possible. Looking back, it’s easy to see that the work I did when I was tired wasn’t efficient and drained me of any enthusiasm or creativity I might have.
It was actually this post that made me realize I needed to stop working, and start living more. The final line of her post says, “The well-intentioned but misinformed “I can sleep when I’m dead” or “Vacation days are for lazy people” mantras will put you behind in the long run. Take a break and you’ll find that you become more creative, more often.”
A few things I’m trying to do to help me not only be more creative, but be more efficient:
- Setting a specific time to work. When I don’t set hours for myself, I end up working a little bit here and there throughout the day. I get more done if I set a time limit for myself. I also love to use the app 30/30 to help me set limits for specific tasks.
-Turning off electronics. Including my camera. I love taking pictures, but there are times that I’m so focused on capturing the moment that I forget to actually enjoy the moment.
-Cultivating my hobbies. Besides photography I want to go and play tennis, or create a scrapbook. The best part is, when I let go of focusing on pictures and focus on other things I enjoy I find inspiration and new ideas along the way.
-Taking a break. Everyday. Working all day, then going to sleep just to wake up to repeat the cycle can’t last forever. I used to think, I will relax this weekend. And then the weekend would come and I’d think, I need to work…maybe in a few days. I am working on taking time for myself everyday. Even if it’s just reading for 10 minutes before bed.
This post is probably more for myself, than anyone. But if you found it helpful, or have other ideas please leave a comment!