Working hard? Forget about it!

There are days where you exhaust yourself with work. And then there are days where you don't do much. Which one do you remember after a couple of weeks? Until a few years back I used to predominantly only remember the "bad week" or the "rough day". My brain liked to store and highlight every time I worked more than usual (and for some reason didn't care too much about my goofy days). I have consciously tried to change that. Here's why:

If my brain takes a special note every time I work hard -

-- I will tend to believe I am working more than I should, and that never helped anyone.

-- I won't be too excited to have new work coming in (and might miss out on some career changing opportunity)

-- Over a period of time, I am likely to convince myself that I am exhausted. Let's call it the "Oh I need a break" syndrome!

On the other hand if I forget how hard I worked in the morning or last week - I am likely to try harder and perhaps accomplish more. It's a little tricky and takes a lot of planning, but it helps even if we are partially successful. We will probably make better use of the bits-and-pieces of time between tasks/projects (instead of waiting for the next work item).

So the next time you come home after working really hard - watch a stupid video on YouTube or listen to some great music ... and just forget about what happened earlier.


  1. good thought. reminds of W H Davis "What is this life, if so full of care we have no time to stand and stare."

  2. :) I am glad that you like it.

    "No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows"

  3. There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippo in me that wants to wallow in mud -- Carl Sandburg

    So its all in our mind. During Commando Course we used be ready for another fatigue just after 30 mins or so having undergone an ordeal of running 5/10 miles with full load of 22 kgs on back.