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Work Hard and Play Hard

If you’re one of those Type-A people who love to give everything they do a 100% effort, or if you simply enjoy your work and are passionate about what you do, I suggest you not only work hard, but also play hard. While it may sound like we’ve been focusing only on the rest and relaxation part in this challenge so far, it’s simply to create balance in your life.

Don’t be afraid to work hard and then play hard (or sleep all day if you prefer). You’ve earned the time to unwind and distress however you see fit. Don’t ever feel bad about it, particularly if you’ve already put in a hard day, week, or months’ worth of work. You need to time to unplug and recharge.

Recharging is exactly what this is about. If you’re the type of person who likes to stay busy and do stuff, playing hard is your way to recharge. Sitting on the beach or sleeping in and taking a nap in the afternoon aren’t the only ways to relax and distress. If that’s your cup of tea, by all means, go for it. Plan a relaxing vacation with nothing to do and no obligation.

If on the other hand, that thought alone makes you never want to take a day off, be assured that’s not the only way to unplug and recharge your batteries. There’s a lot to be said for working hard and playing hard. Even if you really enjoy your job or your business, it’s important to take some time to get away from it.

Scheduling or taking some time away from work reminds you why you’re working so hard in the first place. It’s to be able to enjoy the fun things in life with the people you love. After a fun vacation or even just a day out and about doing things with your family, you’ll be reminded of this and that much more motivated to keep working hard and providing for your loved ones. Of course, being able to buy a fun new toy like a jet ski or a kayak at the spur of the moment is another great motivator to keep working hard and bringing in the dough when you’re not busy playing hard.

Playing is actually good for the brain. So is walking away from the day to day responsibilities of work. It allows your brain to wander and mull things over in your subconscious. Don’t be surprised to come back from a few days of play and vacation and find that you’re coming up with the perfect solution for that big problem that’s been bugging you for weeks. Or maybe you had a great idea for a new product, or how to cut costs and increase profits. Taking some time off will actually help you get better at your job or become a better business person.

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