As a multi-potentialite, one of my passions is travelling. And as I’m writing this post, I am on holiday for one week in the French Alps. We rented a small ‘chalet’, one of these typical wooden mountain cabins with a great view on the snowy mountain tops.
And so, although Passions Pilot is one of my passions too, for one week, Passions Pilot will be on holiday as well. This means that I will be writing but there is also lots of time for other activities like sports, exploring the surrounding villages, hiking in the mountains, enjoying nature now it’s spring time, enjoying the local foods and drinks etc.
This break is not only just for fun. I feel like I really need a break from time to time. After all, we’re not robots, are we? At least I know I am not.
Are you (too) busy making a living?
It’s good to be as productive as possible. It’s good to be goal-oriented and to work hard to achieve those goals. It’s good to work and earn money to support your family and have some savings for less fortunate times, for when the kids go to university or for your retirement. But…
It’s easy to get caught in a situation of working long hours, not taking the time to have a decent meal, so taking fast food out and eating it at your desk, getting stressed because you never get enough done and then not sleeping well, drinking lots of coffee to wake up and drinking alcohol in the evening in order to be able to sleep. The next day: Rinse and repeat.
And on top of that, you feel guilty when you’re not working. You are over-exploiting your body and mind. The results are a burn-out, heart attack and other diseases linked to this way of life.
This life style is a short term strategy. Industrialisation and over-exploitation of your body is counter-productive in the long term and finally destroying the only instrument you have to achieve your goals. So shouldn’t we take more care of it?
Don’t forget to make a life!
What is the secret to be ‘productive’ and to get more things done in the long term? It is ‘Variety’. We’re not born to do, eat, drink and live the same things every day.
So here is a small list of what you can do to get more done:
- Slow down from time to time. You don’t need to be in overdrive all the time.
- Get into the habit of healthier eating and drinking.
- Do some sports regularly, go outside for a walk (or for a run) and enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Do something completely different to what you were doing. Change activities regularly during the day. Make your day a mix of trivial chores, creative, intellectual and relaxed activities.
- Get more ME time. Set aside a couple of hours every week in which you can do anything that you like. No need to get results, just have fun.
And I know, while doing this, you will have the impression that you are wasting time in which you could be working. In the short term, yes, you could be working in those hours. In the long term, the opposite is true.
You need a balance between being super productive and more relaxing activities. During the time that you are doing the above activities, your batteries are getting recharged. You will feel much more energised, much more creative and more productive afterwards.
Being productive is not only about time management. It is also about managing your energy. You can have time but if you’re too tired or not feeling well, you will not be very productive. Managing your energy also guarantees that you will also be able to be productive in the long term and thus achieve your long term goals, whatever they might be.
So, never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life!