What it means to really slow down

Slowing down to speed up sounds counterintuitive but in reality, it’s just how the way the world works. When we are constantly rushing to get things done, to push out more projects, more assignments, more blog posts, more videos – we become entrapped in a lifestyle that’s always going at full speed.

At some point, you’re going to crash.

Taking a break doesn’t mean you should abandon your work and go on a three-week vacation. Rather, it’s the process of making time for yourself. It’s so that you can rest, recover and let your brain meander, even just for a little bit.

It’s like trying to run a marathon for the first time. You can’t sprint your way through it. You have to train and let your body heal so that you can begin again.

Because that’s what life and hustling really is – a consistent flow of resting and starting, every single day. It’s finding the balance between the two that’s the hard part.

Some people push until they reach burnout. Some people rest so much that it becomes demotivating.

Finding balance is a personal thing and requires discipline. This is because you’re learning how to start, even when you don’t feel like it. Or learning to pause, when your mind is racing at 3am and your body is telling you to hit your head with a pillow.

That is why scheduling in push and pause time is a way to help you prioritize your hustle and rest moments. It explicitly sets the boundaries needed for you to physically disconnect from your moment of activity or chill time.

Dedication to your craft, endeavors or hustle isn’t predicated on the unsustainability of sleep deprivation. It’s about having the ability to take the consistent steps necessary every day while taking care of yourself.

So remember to pause in order to speed up.

Because if you don’t, you’ll just end up crashing at the most crucial moment.

I am currently embarking on a Prototype Year to experiment my way into a life I want. This space is for documenting that journey.

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