The relaxation/guilt circle

Then, when we are wanting to relax, we feel guilty about the things we haven’t yet completed or need to be done. Also, in the industrialised world, it is seen as bad not to be constantly busy.

Therefore, relaxation time is far from that, it is stressful and time where we make ourselves feel bad.

When we are wanting to work, to do things, to take action, we feel resentful because when we were supposed to be relaxing in the evening or the weekend, we didn’t, we felt guilty. Therefore, we didn’t get time to chill and now work seems like a chore.

So, we don’t do the work and when it is time to relax, guess what? Yep, the same circle repeats itself guilt – resentment – guilt – resentment and so on.

To break it, we need to do one thing, create a time when work ends, and begins again, a shutdown. During the shutdown, we switch off work, phones, email, text, and so on.

If you are doing a job that is so important that you can not switch off for 8-12 hours a day, then change it, for the rest of us, there is nothing so earth-shatteringly important that it can not wait a few hours.

This breaks the circle of guilt followed by resentment. We properly relax and therefore we are fully supercharged to do our work, we get more work done and soon we have more time to relax.

Better productivity and still no time

We have been improving our time management, productivity, accountability, focus, efficiency, and many other supposedly vital life activities, yet amazingly we have less time to do things that matter.

No matter how much more productive we get, unless we change what we choose to do and in what order, then we still will struggle to have to time to do what we’ll want to remember at the end of our journeys and that won’t be more work.

turn it all upside down and plan your day around the things that matter first, like health, exercise, family, friends, adventures, alone time, meditation and so on and then be productive with the time left to do work and chores.