Burning the candle at both ends

Burning the candle at both ends

I (almost literally) work everyday. If I’m not working my job, I’m writing Medium articles, working on a book, playing drums in a band or recording in a studio.

And I’m fine with that, because I hate switching off.

I fall asleep to music almost every night, because I can’t sleep in silence. I watch TV when I eat, because otherwise I’d eat at my desk, and I exercise when I feel agitated, because… well… health is important.

I’m no saint. There are plenty of people out there who work harder than I do. And I don’t work this hard for money or respect, but merely because I love to do what I do, and I get to do it everyday.

Very few people have that sort of luxury in life, and I’m grateful.

What I’ve found out about myself and about working this hard, though, is this:

Time is the only thing that matters.

As a writer, being busy is fine. In fact, it’s important to keep your mind as active as you can and as fresh as you can, which means performing a variety of challenging tasks to break up the process of pen and paper.

But a lack of time reduces your focus on the work at hand. If I’m meeting someone in the afternoon, I very rarely sit down and get good work done in the morning. And this is a problem.

I think what I’m trying to say here is, switch off. But if you switch off, do it properly.

Switch your phone off

Your TV

Your computer

Your emails

Even your writing.

Because if you can discipline yourself well enough to relax hard when you actually relax, you’ll work even harder when you actually work.

Otherwise you’re just drifting through a pile of endless grey, and nothing will ever amount to the bright colour your were shooting for.

Relaxation is just as important as writing, and I promise you, it will better your work.