• Maya Grossman

Yes, You Deserve to Have "Down Time"


I worked full time when I was doing my Bachelors. I opened the office at 7am, worked until 4pm and then attended classes until 10pm.


One day, I fell asleep on my way to work. While driving....


It was only a fraction of a second, I immediately regained control, but it was enough to shake me up.


I had to slow down, but I didn't know how.


I was obsessed with #success, I wanted to make the most out of every sec in the day. I felt guilty when I "wasted" time on activities like watching TV or going to the beach. I still do.


If you feel the same, maybe this will help:


1. Allocate time on your calendar to do fun unproductive things

[Tip: schedule it as a task to trick yourself into following through]


2. Find activities that give you peace of mind and help you relax. For me that's Yoga, running and filing my nails :)


3. If that guilty feeling creeps in do a reality check: write down everything you have achieved in the past week, month or year to remind yourself how far you have come


4. Take a break from tech and social media for a day every week. It will take some of the pressure off.


I am still an overachiever who can't do the dishes without listening to a podcast (so I can learn something new), but I'm getting better at managing the guilt.


How about you?

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