Why Being Busy Is Overrated

why being busy is overrated

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There’s a difference between being productive and being busy.

Being productive is defined as producing a significant amount of results.

Being busy is merely keeping yourself occupied.

See the difference?

For the longest time, I fooled myself into thinking I was being productive — measuring my “productivity” by how much time I was spending on tasks, not the value or end-result of those tasks.

Why You Hate Mondays

why you hate mondaysDespite not working full-time anymore, it’s amazing how my body still has a negative physiological response every Sunday evening.

It’s not that I hate Mondays — they’re just like any other day for me now. But for so long, that wasn’t the case. I was conditioned my entire working life to dread them because it meant having to go back to reality.

Most of you reading can probably relate. As your weekend comes to a close, the high you felt starts to dissipate, slowly giving way to the dreaded anticipation of the coming work week. You begin to feel the anxiety in the pits of your stomach as it spreads to the rest of your body. Monday is coming.

The People Passionate Challenge

the people passionate challenge

For quick reference, here are the rules of the challenge. You can read about how I came up with the challenge by scrolling below.

Rules of The People Passionate Challenge

1) Pick a form of art that you’re willing to work on every day for thirty minutes for the entire month of September. Examples include painting, writing, making music, making conversation with strangers, public speaking, gardening, doing random acts of kindness, etc.

2) Take a picture of your art (or of yourself doing your art if possible) and post it on the social media platform of your choice. In the caption, use the hashtag #peoplepassionatechallenge and explain that you will spend thirty minutes every day working on [your art] for the entire month of September.

3) Invite three friends by tagging them to participate in the challenge with you.

When Passion Isn’t Enough

when passion isn't enough

Passion is a term that’s thrown around recklessly these days. We’re constantly reminded that it must be present in our lives if we want success. 

But that’s only half the recipe. There’s a much less sexier term that isn’t talked about as much: commitment.

Passion can be compared to the euphoric high of a new relationship — powerful but fleeting. No relationship lasts on it alone. Surviving past the honeymoon stage requires a conscious decision to stay faithful to your craft.

Incentives

incentives

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Incentives are powerful.

Consider what would happen if you chose not to go into work today.

Best case scenario, you’d be reprimanded by your supervisor. Worst case scenario, you’d lose your job. Without a job, you couldn’t afford rent, food, or the gasoline in your car. This explains why, despite not wanting to get up early in the morning, people trudge through their routine anyway. Skipping out on even one day of work is too risky.