From what I understand, it's nothing new; there is a belief that having too much to do, being constantly busy, and working through a never-ending to-do list is a badge of honor. The number of unread emails in our inbox has become a joke. Comparing ourselves with others in a contest-like counter to see who has the most unread email is social norm while unanswered texts, voicemails, and app updates riddle our screens with red notifications ironically named "badges".
You and I both know that life is busy and there are hardly ever enough hours in the day, however I really don't think it is something for us to be proud of. Work and rest are important parts of our lives and finding a balance between both is even more important.
The Work / Love Myth
You've heard it said before "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life". I understand the sentiment, but I've found that I strongly disagree with it. I have spent my entire life learning how to combine my passion for art and design into a full-time career and I am still learning how. I love to draw, I love to create things, but just like any other job when you start doing the same thing every single day and on other people's terms it becomes hard—really hard.
Learning to love your job requires commitment and determination. Some days are easier than others, but without intentionality you will burn out quickly.
Love what you do and work hard at it every single day.
It'll Be There Tomorrow
One of my favorite things about work is that it will always be there tomorrow. I have never worked a job in my life that I finished everything I needed to do in one day, I simply don't know what that is like. Even if I tackled my to-do list for today, I know there is more to be done tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day...
For me that is liberating. It allows me to work in the moment and dedicate my entire attention the project at hand.
Sure there will be deadlines and times when you have to pull an all-nighter to get something done last minute. Let those be few and far between. Your health is important. Your rest is important.
Work really hard and rest really hard so that tomorrow you can do it all over again!
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If you have questions or comments regarding working hard and resting often I would love to hear from you—email me firstname.lastname@example.org!