Yesterday evening, when I got back from work I had planned to let myself take a nice long nap. I’m a huge fan of naps in general and really needed one today since I’ve been running on 5 hours of sleep all week (yes, I know lots of people do that, myself included; no, it’s not healthy). But let’s put the nap aside for just a minute. Because that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the 15 WHOLE MINUTES I took to myself before I even got to my nap.
What was I doing? Checking Facebook. Yup. I was doing absolutely nothing productive. And it felt awful. I mean seriously. It felt like I was stealing time away from myself. And yet, I couldn’t stop. I was even starting to think that I might need to cut my nap short to make up for “lost time”.
Really, that’s how I thought of it in my head. Lost time. Because we live in a culture that prioritizes the 24/7 life. Our culture practically screams “if you’re not using every minute to accomplish your dreams, then you are already a failure.”
But I wholeheartedly reject that notion. Taking time for yourself – even to spend a few minutes on Facebook – isn’t a crime. And it isn’t an impediment to success. In fact, I believe that thinking that such actions are a roadblock to success, actually is itself the roadblock.
Point in case: when I stopped thinking of myself as wasting/losing time, I relaxed. I took my nap (and even got up early, just because). I went for a jog. I made dinner. I wrote this post. In short, I was productive. And looking back, my little “lost moment” wasn’t lost at all. It was just a chance to let go for a minute. To step out of the hustle and bustle of life. To take a little breather before getting back at it. And that had made all the difference.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some things that need doing and all the energy I need to do it!