Reporting from Bet Chat HQ, north London…
It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s a Monday…
Sometimes you just don’t feel like doing anything productive, and today I’m here to tell you… that’s okay.
You may be slightly taken aback by that. After all, it seems to be all the rage for high flying businessman, media types and ‘influencers’ to broadcast their ‘secrets of success’ which inevitably include ‘a day in the life’ piece…
You know, the ones where the individual has run a half marathon, showered and meditated for two hours, all in time for their 7am breakfast business meeting?
Well, to that I say one word… Bullsh*t.
Because you see, even if they actually do those things more than once a year (and I imagine most don’t) it’s all, well, bullsh*t.
Unless you’re a professional runner, you don’t ever need to run a half marathon. Realistically, you don’t ever need to run more than a few hundred metres to the bus/train/toilet. And you certainly don’t need to practise for that eventuality before 7am.
Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy running that’s great, and exercise is certainly important, but exercise before 7am is wholly unnecessary and not something to aspire towards.
Like running, lengthy meditation is also pretty good for you, but you know what’s even better for you… a proper amount of sleep.
And as for 7am business meetings (breakfast included or otherwise) well, here’s the thing…
EVERYONE you invite to that meeting will HATE you for it. So, not only does it reduce the chances of you getting a proper amount of sleep, it also reduces the amount that your peers like and respect you.
Sometimes, it’s okay to do naff all
If this season’s Premier League football has taught us anything so far, it’s that trying to do too much leads to burnout (injury numbers have been significantly higher than in past seasons when the fixture schedule was much lighter).
As much as some people like to make out that they’re constantly productive and never tired, that’s just not possible, and the more excessive your regime, the more likely you are to break.
So you know what, next time you need a rest, as soon as is possible, have a rest, be it a 30 minute nap or a whole week off work…
Your body and mind will thank you for it, and I can guarantee that you’ll be a hell of a lot more productive afterwards.