"What is life, if not the sum of a hundred thousand daily battles and tiny decisions to either gut it out or give it up?"
- James Clear
Jas and I were out to lunch today and laughed for a good 5 minutes over the following statement:
"The juice ain't worth the squeeze, and the squeeze ain't worth the juice!"
We were taking stock of what we had accomplished this week with work, life's chores, etc. and since we both looked so bedraggled, we couldn't help but call it out! Given the state of our appearance, it would have suggested that our efforts would have produced more than the current results, and both the ridiculousness and realness of that statement truly hit home in that moment. This week we're encouraging you to take stock of what takes up the most of your time, and then ask, is it worth it?
It can be frustrating to put in work, be diligent and consistent about the execution of a plan ALL THE TIME. On our grind we can easily over-extend ourselves or forget that even the most determined person at times needs to rest. While it's one thing to be tired, at what point does feeling "tired" become more than that? What's more, how do we re-gain our motivation once we've finally hit a mental wall?
Below are some key questions to ask ourselves in figuring out how to best move forward:
1. Are you overwhelmed because you currently have too much on your plate and are not sure where to start to get it all done?
2. Are you disinterested because you no longer feel connected to the goals you've set?
3. Do you just need to rest and take this process much, much slower?
If you're still not sure which category you fall into, use the checklist in 16 Signs You're Headed for Burnout to see if any of these symptoms ring true for you. And if they ring true for someone you know, share this post!
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