What’s your point?

Feb 12, 2015 by

          On Twitter last week, I came across a post written by Chase Reeves called 10 Tactics to Better Work-life Balance. His first tip is to “find your point.” I was impressed by the simplicity of such useful advice. Essentially, in order to know when to stop, you have to know what you’re working toward. You have to know what the point of what you’re doing is. If you don’t have a point, you don’t know when you’ve achieved something, because you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish. I felt like there was a flashing neon sign going off in my head that questioned, “What’s your point, again?”

          Lately, I’ve lost sight of why I’m doing the things I’m doing. I’ve been stressed – stressed to the extent that there’s been pressure in my chest on a daily basis that’s starting to feel like my new normal. Not cool. I’ve made myself so overly busy that I feel like I’m spending more time driving from one thing to the next than I am doing whatever I’m driving to. I’m in an ongoing state of tiredness, and I feel like I’m continuously “catching up” on writing. Though seemingly always doing something, I feel like I’m achieving nothing. I feel like my days are fucking flying, but I’m not engaged in them. I’m so anxious that I’m stuck inside my head, planning how I’m going to make everything I jammed into my day, week, and month work. That’s right; I’m unemployed, and I feel busier than I was while working.

          Before The Happiness Experiment, I had a tendency to overdo it. I’d take on too much, keep doing all of it for as long as I could handle the stress, and drop everything once I had enough. Fortunately, I’ve gotten better at balancing my life, but I’m still prone to anxiety. I manage that anxiety by either changing how I look at stressful situations or changing the stressful situations themselves. Recently, I’ve lacked balance. I’ve put myself in one of those stressful situations that I need to change. I’ve been trying to do more than I realistically have time for, resulting in prioritizing the wrong things. Although I’ve noticed this over the past few weeks, I wasn’t sure how to reclaim balance. I wasn’t sure how to rearrange my time. So, instead of sitting myself down to assess my priorities, do you know what I did? I took on something else! (Yeah, me and logic, we’re like this [my fingers are crossed].)

          What was the point of taking on more on top of too much? I didn’t even think to have one. When you’re too stressed to see clearly and you haven’t yet read 10 Tactics to Better Work-life Balance to make you question what your point is, you’re just trying to make everything work. Now that I’ve been thinking about Chase Reeves’ words, reclaiming balance is as simple as remembering my point and prioritizing accordingly.

          What’s my point?

          Happiness.

          My ultimate point is always happiness. That’s clearly slipped my mind lately. I’ve been working writing – my passion – around other things, instead of working other things around writing. To address that, I’ve begun blocking time to write. I started yesterday. I got up before my alarm, went to the gym in the dark, finished my workout earlier than I have been as of late, set an alarm for when it was time to go to pole, wrote until that alarm went off, and continued writing for the rest of the night afterward. I felt more productive yet relaxed, because I was refocusing on The Happiness Experiment. I was prioritizing my point.

Happiness Tip: Know your point.

 
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