Stop and think.

The quote above is not about sleeping during the day, but about understanding that we are all different and function differently. We all want different things and we should stop comparing ourselves with what others do or have. Always have in mind your own goals and values when you notice comparing yourself with others. And always remember that you shouldn’t judge others based on your own principles. What’s important to you, might not be for me. Assuming, of course, that everyone is well behaved, not bothering the ones next in line.

Here are some lessons learned in the past month from some of my readings (and lots of experimenting in past year or more):

1. We keep talking about work-life balance with the aim of making more room for what’s truly important in life. The thing is that work is an important part in one’s life (even housework, if you’re thinking about stay-at-home moms, for example). Second, if work is not that important, why do we care so much? Why do we keep adding stuff to our to-do lists instead of managing the workload? I know what you’ll say next. Yes, but some have to do it. Yes, I understand. But I also want to believe there must be a better way to do this. A way that doesn’t involve hearing so often things like I’m so tired, I don’t have time for anything, I’m always running through places. There must be a different way. And I believe that way starts with setting what’s truly important for you and forgetting everything else. You’re not supposed to do everything, anyway.

2. Sometimes, and if you never did, I recommend you give it a try, we have to stop and think. Yes, about what I said earlier. Number one: about what’s important to us, about what we truly want. Second, about what others do and we don’t agree with. Don’t assume you have to do it, because otherwise you’re off the race. Trust me that you’ll find those people who believe in the same things you do. And it’s ok to not agree on everything. But the idea to remember is that you can set your own set of rules you want to apply in life and go from there. You don’t have to just follow what everyone else is doing, especially if you don’t believe in it. Others might appreciate you even more. Assuming, of course, that you don’t try to force your own views on the world, every step of the way. 😉

3. While trying to figure things out, you might stumble upon ideas that don’t work for you. Just scratch them off the list and move on. But I would like you to remember that everything we’re so accustomed to was created by people just like us. And, yes, some ideas were crazy at first, and now they’re the norm. Who says there’s only one way to do things? Try your own. See how it goes. Learn. Find and follow what makes you happy. If you never start, you’ll never know. And you’ll always have that nagging idea in the back of your mind. Just let it out. If it doesn’t work, no problem, you can always go back. But what if it works? 

The quote is from this article. It’s about productivity.

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Andra Magda

Writer with a degree in Psychology, living in the heart of Transylvania, I freelance for companies and publications.

I write about work, failure, personal experiments, and creative industries.

I don't use social media, but I do share updates via my monthly newsletter. It’s like a magazine, delivered to your inbox.

Andra Magda

Writer with a degree in Psychology, living in the heart of Transylvania, I freelance for companies and publications.

I write about work, failure, personal experiments, and creative industries.

I don't use social media, but I do share updates via my monthly newsletter. It’s like a magazine, delivered to your inbox.