For the past 8 days or so, I’ve been almost completely unplugged from the web. We’re finally getting settled in to our new place in Portland and I’ve been so busy with the packing-moving-unpacking cycle that I had to take a break from everything online.
I can’t remember the last time I unplugged for this long, and this completely. I think it was during a long European vacation a few years back. It always feels great, especially when you have something important or distracting enough going on that you don’t worry about what you’re missing.
I’ve quit caffeine a few times before, for a couple of weeks or more, and unplugging from the internet feels similar. A little rough at first, then calming, then reassuring that you aren’t dependent anymore.
And then it always feels great when you get back in, fresh and fun again. Like reconnecting with a dear old friend.
I think it’s important to disconnect once in a while. Cycle on and cycle off, like most things in life.
When was the last time you unplugged completely? How did it feel? Do you think it’s important?
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.