I know I’m not the only one guilty of this during the past year (or ever) so I thought I would share.

I haven’t (until recently) been adequately planning time away from work.

What happened was the following cycle:

  1. I would work longer than normal, because something had to be finished.
  2. This resulted in less rest, the next day I was less effective.
  3. Which resulted guilt and then working longer than normal.
  4. Which resulted in even less rest and less effectiveness.
  5. And the cycle goes on.

The only way to break the cycle is to unapologetically plan (and stick to the plan) time for rest and leisure.

Working more, isn’t going to solve anything.