Who hasn’t been overwork?
Whether it’s your fault for not studying or preparing ahead, or even just something unexpected falling on your shoulders, we’ve all found ourselves in a situation which appears incontrollable and way too much for us.
Yet, somehow those situations have all ended at one point…
Only to reappear later.
So, instead of fearing those, hoping they don’t come back or willingly overworking ourselves ahead as preemptive damage control, why not embrace them?
No, I’m not telling you to start loving being overworked.
Some people do. But I’m guessing you don’t.
Bring the right mindset to the table
If you can’t avoid or predict it, then forget about it until the situation arises.
While our brains can hold on a ton load of information, it still gets tired. Keeping that fear in your head just prevents yourself from doing something else well.
If you realize you’re becoming overworked, look yourself in the mirror with confidence and tell yourself a big, strong:
Bring it on!
Not thinking about it in advance allowed you to stay focused on what you wanted. Now that it’s here, get on the situation.
How long is your life?
Think about it for a second. Is your life only as long as this overworking period?
I doubt it. You were here before. And you’ll be here after.
You had goals, dreams, friends, and a whole lot of other good things before that tough period. And they’re just waiting for you to be done.
So remember you’re better than whatever brought you to this situation. You’ll outlive it after all.
But what about after?
Being overworked, by definition is not something we control. When we realize we’re in such a situation, it’s already too late to avoid it.
Whatever you had planned gets overthrown. It gets put on hold.
But, again, it’s waiting for you. When you find that light far far away, at the end of the tunnel, remind yourself of what’s been put on hold.
What happened to your goals? Oh, you couldn’t work on those? How does that feel?
Pretty bad, doesn’t it?
This is why you need to bring your mind back to what matters to you. You missed working on your craft. And now the time to get back on it is getting close.
Use that “break” from working on your goals as a propulsor.
You’ve just overworked yourself. You know you’ve survived that tough period.
You might want to rest a bit, wouldn’t you? But what if you kept that hardcore lifestyle for just a bit more, using the now “open” time to work on your craft.
The ideas, the creativity, the concentration which seemed like put on hold actually were settling on the starters, waiting for you to get back to them.
No matter how long you have to overwork yourself, remember: It may hurt you. But it won’t kill you. You’ll grow stronger and now you just need to look in the distance and remember you were made for a whole lot more.