The whole concept of a working vacation can teach you how to find that work-life balance. What happens to people that struggle to get the success is that they’re struggling to give themselves rewards.
When you reward yourself like going on a vacation or just treating yourself for a drink on a Friday night, it’s a way of giving yourself a pat on the back to boost your motivation. If you never reward yourself, you will not have any positive reinforcement to keep going, your whole effort may not seem pointless but it will feel less thrilling. If you don’t reward yourself, sooner or later you’ll get completely burned out.
One of the most appropriate analogies for this is the story about a woodcutter who gets a new job as a lumberjack.
On his first day, he cut down five trees – clearly a stellar performance. Three days go by, and he’s gone from cutting five trees to three. Despite working harder than he did in the first day, he wasn’t able to cut at least the same number of trees as he did then. By the end of the week, his productivity relentlessly went down as he just managed to cut down two trees.
He doesn’t know what’s wrong. He’s putting in extra hours to try and keep up and his works getting worse and worse. One day, his boss came to him asking when was the last time he sharpened his ax. The woodcutter answered back saying he doesn’t have time to sharpen his ax because he’s too busy working hard.
Basically, if you take time to sit down and sharpen your ax, cutting down trees will be a lot easier. As simple as it may seem, many of us tend to overlook the fact that treating ourselves is not a luxury, but a necessity that will keep us recharged to continue being productive.
It’s the biggest psychology hack, if you want to get things done. If you want to be successful, then you have to have rewards and those rewards each be daily. weekly, monthly, yearly.
Watch the video for a full context and join our free Group on Facebook: Psych Hacker