In general, I’m passionate about persistence.
I’m always going on about action, and putting in the hours, and forging your way through rough patches.
But sometimes, you might be better off taking a break.
Some days, especially those when you’ve been banging your head against some or other difficult task, without much progress, you might be better off putting down your tools and going for a walk.
Take a bath, read a book, call a friend, or just do nothing for a while.
If anything, you probably deserve it.
And besides: if you’ve worn yourself out trying to fix or finish something and halfway through the day you’re exhausted and still on square one, how likely are you to make the problem go away with sheer doggedness?
Very likely, not very likely at all.
So why not step out and get some oxygen into your system?
The problem will still be there for you to deal with when you get back, don’t worry.
And nobody is going to fire you or scream at you if you don’t empty your inbox today.
Sometimes, you just need a break.
When you get back, you’ll be refreshed and ready to take on the task, instead of trying to force yourself to slog on, despite knowing that today, well, just
ain’t the day.
But, only use this advice as an exception to the rule and not as your standard approach.
Because, yes, grit and persistence and relentless action – those are, in the end, what build your success.
You just need to know when to put in the effort, and when to step back and gather your strength.
I’m not talking about giving up – that’s never an option.
I’m talking about taking a break.
Because sometimes, you need and deserve it.