Pep talks tend to be motivational, right? They usually aim to get us up and at ’em, to make us want to achieve and do more. Which is great and very much needed at times. But this week I wanted to encourage you to achieve less.
I know, that sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it? It sounds like terrible advice that’ll get you further from your goals, but hear me out.
Motivation and inspiration are great, but you can only achieve so much in a day and you can achieve very little if you’re burnt out. Allowing yourself some down time and allowing yourself a bit of time for self-care is essential if you want to be happy.
I know that I am so focused on being productive, getting to where I want to be and handling my daily tasks that I can relegate my own wellbeing to much lesser concern. Whether it’s housework, work work or uni work there’s always something that needs doing and if I’m not doing it I feel on edge. I can tell you from experience that that’s a very easy way to burn yourself out and make yourself unwell.
If you’ve got a deadline or something pressing, of course, it’s fine to prioritise that temporarily. But if it’s day-to-day stuff that can wait until tomorrow or next week, don’t kill yourself trying to tick off everything on your to-do list.
Take some time to have a bath, watch some TV or just take a nap! Feeling like every minute needs to be productive or you’ve wasted the day is destructive and exhausting. Allow yourself to waste some time in front of the TV, allow yourself to be unproductive, it’ll do you the world of good. And, if you need another reason other than just being happier and more relaxed, it’ll make you more productive when you get back to work.
So happy days, there’s your excuse to go and lounge about and enjoy yourself! The world will still be there when you get back and then you can slay it.
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