Finding the time to rest and relax is just as important as doing the good work that you’re paid (or not paid) to do. I’ve mentioned before how finding rest is important part of writing well but this obviously applies to nearly all activities that one wants to do well at.
Rest is an important part of being whole and being optimal for those that need your services, the work that you do, and the value that you bring to your team, your company, and those that need you most!
How often we forget that rest and relaxation is just as important to us as getting that last checkbox checked, the last line of code written, or even that final sentence in an epic blog post.
I feel like I’m re-discovering the value of a little R&R and how it goes a long way – I often give myself and others the excuse that we’re “just in that season” right now where I can’t have as much rest and relaxation (or recuperation if you’re military) and that this season will pass as it always does.
The problem is that historically I’ve been lying to myself and them about this as I intuitively know that this so-called “season” is perpetually present and that there’s no “off season” for those that freelance or find themselves leading entrepreneurial and startup endeavors. There are only small breaks to breathe and then we dive back into the deep abyss.
But it had to start there, to be honest, where I had to simply come clean with the fact that my life and the decisions that I’ve made point me in a direction that most will not travel.
I don’t consider myself special as a result but simply the quantitative fact that most people aren’t “starters” or entrepreneurs and most people will not lead let alone create and found a startup company (or multiple ones for that matter). This doesn’t make me better or worse than the next; it’s just the hand that I’ve been dealt and that I’ve completely embraced. A bit of chance and choice perhaps.
And as a result I’ve been able to see it as clearly as I possibly can: That rest and relaxation is a possibility but I have to attack it just as I do anything else – like a startup, another crazy side and experimental project that will demand an incredibly amount of time and resources in a short span that I hope will have an incredibly high return on investment.
It’s the only way that I personally can do it and not go completely insane!
I am not proposing that this is the best way to see rest and relaxation but I’ve found that it works uniquely for me. It may even see limiting and incomplete from a number of different angles but it does just fine.
I attack anything that I do with earnest and few things hold my interest very long – sounds like a typical vacation to me!