Work does not diminish your life; work enhances your life.
• It can be easy to value our free time over our time working, but the time we spend working, creating, and producing is what brings value to our life.
• Days of comfort and leisure are nice but string too many together, and you become bored and dissatisfied because taking too much time for relaxation turns what would be self-care into self-neglect.
• A happy life is determined by what you do and what you overcome, rather than only the simple pleasures you can derive from life. Achievement through effort creates satisfaction.
• Life needs a balance between work and rest, between active accomplishments and passive experiences. Just as the day gives way to the night, our leisure needs to give way to hard work and vice versa, because life is balanced by both.
How can I motivate myself to work when I only want to spend time relaxing?
1. Try it for ten.
The biggest barrier is often just getting started. If you find yourself putting off a task, tell yourself, “try it for ten.” Just do the activity for ten minutes, and then allow yourself a break. Keeping the task to ten minutes makes the task manageable, and often once ten minutes have passed, you find you can continue easily because the hardest part is behind you.
2. Develop essential skills now.
Rest and leisure are enjoyable and necessary, but a fulfilled person also brings hard work and effort to each day. You do not need to know what you want to do later in life to develop the skills you will need. You can develop many of these skills right now. Skills such as a strong work ethic, self-management, and follow-through will help you reach your goals both now and in the future
3. Effort creates ability.
Achieving something of value requires effort. It is discipline, more than ability, that separates those who want something from those who achieve it. Being disciplined is a choice that is always available to you, and pride, confidence, gratification, and satisfaction are the daily rewards of that choice. .
“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” ― Julie Andrews