Legs stacked on the coffee table and beer in hand, I flip through Netflix’s menu yet again, looking for a whimsical movie that’s kind of like LÁuberge Espagnole, but not it exactly because I’ve already seen it 6 times. Meanwhile, my roommate is killing himself working in the next room over. Driven by sincere passion and Spartan discipline, he works on his music 21/7 (the 3 spare hours go to sleep, but he claims that he’s developed a plan where sleep will be entirely eliminated. YIKES) Naturally, I felt like an idiot at first. Here I am, claiming to be an author, photographer, occasional movie star bla bla bla, when I haven’t touched my notepad in 3 days and the most imaginative photo I’ve taken this week was of my charbroiled salmon dinner with hummus and veggies (DELICIOUS, btw). I like being lazy. You feel me?
If you’re in the same boat, nailed to the couch by winter, flipping pancakes instead of pages, FEAR NOT, FOR THERE’S HOPE!
Check this: Yesterday on my walk home from work I listened to the second podcast of The Four Hour Work Week featuring insightful and very successful entrepreneur Naval Ravikant, who put my struggle into perspective
As a freelancer you will inevitably have periods of boom & bust.
What that means is that one week you’re busting your ass incessantly to get your website up, typing and coding until your eyes look like you’ve hung out with Snoop all afternoon. You rush to send your editor a pile of words, hoping that they make sense by the deadline, while advertising another 4 pieces that just got published, and to top it all off, you’re scrambling to compile a folder of your best urban photographs to enter into a contest with a midnight deadline. So guess what – after weeks like this, you are absolutely entitled to a period of pure leisure, wine and long walks with no particular purpose. Besides, in the hectic work of being your own boss, you very well know that worthwhile projects don’t just pop up every day. A Bulgarian proverb says:
Measure twice, cut once.
I use the same approach with choosing my projects. I won’t translate texts for a half a cent a word but I will do extensive research and pitch a topic of my choice to a big name travel website. The catch is that the latter requires time and effort, but at the same time, the reward is much more gratifying. A quote from Mr. Ravikant that really stuck out to me was:
As I get older in life, I realize that a lot of happiness is just being present. And whether you get this out of Buddhism or cognitive therapy or drugs or whatever, you realize that to live in the moment is the highest ceiling.
Deep stuff, right? This is the simple trick to life – embrace the moment. Embrace time, regardless of whether you’re ballz deep into defending Bulgaria as an underrated travel destination, or throwing banana chips in your mouth and trying to catch them while clapping like a seal (just one of the ways I like to unwind). Allow yourself to be lazy the same way you run with your productive mood. That’s the only way to truly enjoy yourself and avoid burnout. If you insist on doing something useful with your time, here – check out these 5 effortless hacks for a better you this winter.
Cheers from the couch,
What are the weird ways you guys like to unwind? Drop me a comment in the box below.