Financial Freedom Friday – The Spaces Between

Photo taken from a holiday in Sweden
Photo taken from a holiday in Sweden

A lesson in Rest and Play

The path to financial freedom usually involves a lot of hard work.

Long hours, difficult decisions, problem solving and taking risks.

It is important to learn that the quality of your work is determined by the quality of the breaks you take.

This quality of your breaks will determine how quickly and smoothly you will travel along your path to financial freedom.

Overworking is easy to do. Just one more hour. Just one more day or week. Then you will take that rest. Something always comes up and the rest and play becomes a last priority, often missed out on altogether.

What can you delegate?

What can you stop doing in order to get some quality rest and play time?

Where can you be more effective in order to create time and space for rest and play?

How do you rest?

What do you do for fun?

What activities take your mind off work completely, even just for a few moments?

Rest and play doesn’t need to take up much time.

Perhaps in between each task you complete you could take five minutes to take a few deep breaths, have a nice cup of tea and enjoy some fresh air.

Without quality breaks, (the type where you aren’t thinking about work and checking your email every 2 minutes) you will never get the time to fully recharge.

As entrepreneurs, business owners or parents it can be so hard to draw a line between work, rest and play.  Whenever I am needing a reminder I think of this poem.

  FIRE ~ Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

Poem can be found  here

What do you do for fun? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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Why I love Procrastination.

Why do we complete some tasks with such ease while others create such resistance?

Maybe it’s the universe letting us know that it’s not the exact moment that particular task should be completed. Maybe there is more information, energy, help, guidance or whatever heading our way to complete the task correctly.

I love procrastination. It is my biggest source of motivation to get stuff done. Seriously, you should see how productive I am while procrastinating on a particular item. I will do anything other than that task. It’s the time when I fly through my long-term ongoing to do list.

We need to trust that what needs to be done is always completed in the end. With this trust we can let go of all of the guilt associated with procrastinating. Guilt just adds more resistance. We really are doing the best we can with what we have available in any given moment.

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Sometimes we might be struggling with procrastination because we really do simply need a break. We’re not lazy. It’s the quality of our breaks that determine the quality of our work. As entrepreneurs, business owners or parents it can be so hard to draw a line between work, rest and play.  The following poem taught me this lesson.

  FIRE ~ Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

Find this beautiful poem here

It’s time to embrace procrastination instead of beating ourselves up over it. Procrastination can be a useful tool; it can be a subtle clue that it’s time to rest or play. Procrastination can be something we use to empower instead of defeating ourselves.

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