“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
― Alan Cohen
I have already written about working hard, but now it’s time to look at the other side of the coin. Working hard is imperative to be successful in anything you do, but some of us “Type A” people, tend to get consumed in work and forget the value of rest. Numerous studies have shown that people who take breaks are more productive during the day. Forbes had an article which lists eight different things to do during the day to make you more productive.
Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with the amount of work that we need to get done, that we forget to take these breaks and rest. During college you get to points in the semester where you have four tests, two papers, and one group project all due in the same week. Many students run on coffee or energy drinks and hardly get any sleep. We have all seen the student who breaks down crying from all of the stress (or maybe you have been that student). Everyone needs a break and a good night of sleep. My advice is to give yourself one day a week where you do nothing that is school or work related. Take a break from all of the stress in your life. Hang out with friends, read a good book, watch TV. Do whatever it is that makes you forget about all of your upcoming assignments and allows you to mentally rest and recover from the previous week. If you give yourself that break, then when it is time to buckle down again, you will be in a better mental state to get your work done.