We all enjoy weekends, specially Sundays, we all feel so happy and share our #weekendvibes #sundayfunday #chill #personaltime #selfcare , etc, etc. hashtags on weekends, because we find it sooo incredible to actually have a free day to do all personal activities we enjoy the most (including simply resting!).
It is outrageous to me that as a society we haven’t improved in that area, all those studies around how some countries have the highest productivity results, working 25-30 hours a week instead of 40-60 as we do now, all those studies around burnout and work-life balance impacting companies much more than anything else, all that information hasn’t mattered enough for all of us to change our perspective around work and “workdays”.
First of all, RESTING should be the #1 priority of everyone! I know, I know, if you are under 30 you won’t really care for this part right now, your body hasn’t resent it yet.
But trust me, there is a reason why all doctors and most high performers in the world prioritize their sleep hours above everything else. If your brain and body doesn’t receive enough sleep, it will always underperform, so if you want to be at the top of your capabilities: then SLEEP! This applies for EVERY DAY of the week not only Sundays!
Second, haven’t you ever felt like a “slave” of your company, of your boss, of your lifestyle, or of your debts? (checkout my blog on financial freedom for my tips there)
Think about it, in the words of Ellen Goldman: “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.”
So lets break it down, this only makes sense if you:
a) love your job and b) you are consciously working for a specific purpose or impact you aim to have, and you can only have it in collaboration with the company you work at and the coworkers you work with.
Then, if these two things apply to you, CONGRATS! you are at the right place doing the right job! But don’t forget about your personal needs, growth, and development. This includes all the activities you should be able to do every day in order to be a balanced healthy productive human!
Third, last but not least; I encourage you to analyze your days (weekdays & weekends): from waking up to going to bed and the hours in between; how does your day start, how much time you invest in waking up, working out, meditating, preparing and eating breakfast, commuting to work, working hard, lunch time and breaks in between, continuing to work hard, commuting back home, how do you feel after work? motivated? energized? drained?, taking a nap, having dinner, working out, reading a book, writing, painting or doing something creative, working on your side project or hobby, spending time alone, or spending time with your pet, spouse, children, parents, family or friends, going to bed, sleeping, at what time do you sleep? , at what time do you set your alarm clock for next morning? and all over again.
If you were going to write your day like this, how would it look? (if you don’t mind I would love to read it, so please share it with me on the comment section if you can)
Finally, I would like you to ask yourself: Is it the life I want to live? is it the life I am proud of living? Am I living a sustainable life for my own health and people around me? Am I setting a good example?
If the answer is “yes!” then be proud and share it with everyone you can. If the answer is “no..” then sit back and analyze what you can change, how can you add one good habit at the time until you achieve a balanced productive life you are proud of.
And start changing it! Because as Albert Einstein said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
So lets become more sane as a society and find that balance together.
Alex – @theyogicoder