The "work, work, work" life is glorified and oftentimes we feel guilty if we're not working.
I was recently talking to a friend about my exasperation over feeling like I never get any time to myself, when, in reality, I get 4-5 hours to myself several nights a week. I couldn't wrap my head around why I was feeling that way. My friend asked me what I did on those nights and I told her that I would work on artwork or work on my laptop.
Then she said, "So, you're working?"
I didn't realize that in my head I equated my time away with time off, when I was actually using that time away to get work done. With that shift in perspective, I realized that the reason my time away didn't feel like enough was because I wasn't giving myself the time off I thought I was.
Recently, I was forced to slow down for a day. So many things didn't get checked off the to-do list that day, but what I did accomplish was being reset.
I so often forget the benefits to taking the time to reset myself and I don't think I'm alone.
When we finally take that opportunity, we allow ourselves to realign with our true purpose. This helps us filter out the "good" things from the "best" things and it is easier to see what we should eliminate in our life. Since our time, energy, and resources are limited, it's important that we truly only focus on what is important and in order to do that, we need to know what that is.
Resetting daily, during my midday meditation, is a necessity for me, but the benefits are magnified when I take more time to reset every once in awhile, but I easily forget that.
Wherever you're at in work and life, take the opportunity to reset yourself. Do something you enjoy for simply the reason of enjoying it. Don't let yourself fall into the trap of working all the time.