What are you taking a break from?

Is it a break from distractions to do work? Or a break from work to get distracted?

The former is what happens when we just go with the flow. The latter, on the other hand, requires us to be intentional.

A powerful saying by author Malcolm Muggeridge came to mind as I was thinking about this – “Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

Maybe living without intention is more existing than living.

distractions, intentions, living, existing

HT: Cal’s book on Deep Work. More will follow in the coming weeks on lessons from the book.

0 thoughts on “What are you taking a break from?”

  1. “Maybe living without intention is mere existing” Love it!
    This is something I struggle with often – something in my brain makes me feel good coasting and going with the flow, but it’s pretty obvious that “just existing” & “flowing downstream” might feel nice in the moment, but it’s usually suboptimal for productivity/experiences/achievement.
    But then I wonder – what is this productivity & achievement for? And I think about the fisherman’s paradox all over again. http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2007/04/04/the-story-of-the-mexican-fisherman/
    What’s your take on this?

    1. It is both a tough and a good question.

      The key difference with coasting is that while it often feels good in the moment, it rarely feels good in the long run.

      So, I think it comes down to doing whatever it takes to feel good in the long run. And, for different people, that might mean different things..

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