Take a break. Go out for dinner. Stop working so hard.
After all: you’ve earned it!
Except, of course, that most of us haven’t. In truth, we’re spending our time trying desperately to get through the day so we can strive for our personal leisure – the holiday, the break, the glass of wine, the social event out with our friends. For many people, these are the pinnacle of what they hope to achieve in any given week.
This probably sounds a bit harsh.
But consider your own week and the week of those around you. What does it look like? What do you do when you get home from work (if you have a job)? How much time do you spend:
- scrolling through news feeds
- liking stuff on social media
- chatting to people about nothing?
And how are these things a good investment?
Some of us, of course, are genuinely busy and overworked.
But not many. Mostly we just make excuses for ourselves.
Is That Really Everything You’re Aiming For?
Your words aren’t the best guide to what you believe about yourself – your behaviour is.
So here’s my question: does your (our) behaviour align with:
- a high expectation of ourselves and what we can contribute to the world; or
- a low expectation of it?
But Chris… I’m Tired 🙁
Or have you bought into the unspoken sales pitch that a human person has only 8 hours of work in them each day, after which they “deserve” some time off?
5 days work, 2 days leisure – so we’re already at 28.6% leisure time.
Add into that another 18 hours of TV watching each week and 13 hours of non-work time on the internet (old data, but it’s here if you want it), and we’re up to a colossal quantity of nonsense forming a substantial part of our week.
Is Leisure the Pinnacle of your Achievement?
Why do you work? What is it that you hope to do?
Are you simply working to pay for your leisure?
And if you are – is that by choice, or just because it’s the pattern you fell into somewhere along the way.
You’ve Got More to Offer
I get that you feel tired and busy, but our feelings can be deceptive.
Take an audit of your week.
Take an audit of why you do the things you do.
I think we can do more, be more, and expect more from ourselves.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made – it’s time to live up to that.