So here is a topic that I have slowly been learning more and more of especially in the past few months. For a long time I have been led to believe that hard work pays, and consequently, that has been the main focus of the general conversation in the pursuit for success. Now, let's get one thing straight, I do believe in the power of actually doing the hard work, and putting in the work to get results, however there's a kind of hardworking culture that I came to find is rather toxic and largely operated in the diminishing returns territory.
What I have come to find is that, it's important to know my limits. This lesson came to me after i found my productivity deteriorating further and further the more hard work I put in. I later came to learn a bit more about the law of diminishing returns:
In economics, diminishing returns is the decrease in the marginal (incremental) output of a production process as the amount of a single factor of production is incrementally increased, while the amounts of all other factors of production stay constant.
It was obvious to me that I was reaching this limit but wasn't cognizant enough to make the changes, at this point my next move was either to continue what I was doing and drain the rest of the energy I had, the other was to take what I now refer to as "the smart approach", which is the title of this piece: Recovery.
Recovery is simply the process of taking a break from the hard work, somewhere before reaching the point of exhaustion, to allow the whole of you to go back to your peak performance.
One analogy that that really brought this point home was one of a person driving a car, heading somewhere, this person happens to be in a rush, so their journey is time sensitive, half way through the journey, they notice that the car is almost out of fuel, coincidentally, a few kilometers away is a gas station, it should take the driver about 5 minutes to fill up the tank and continue the journey, the driver is now faced with a decision; lose 5 minutes to fill up the tank, but be able to, hopefully, reach the destination, or keep going in hopes that at the time the fuel runs out, they will have either reached their destination, or that they will have reached the next gas station.
So with this, here is my advise to you...
Take a look at your tank, and get some time to recover...