We’ve long heard about the value of “hard work”, yet I believe that hard work is an out-dated term. Hard work was a valued ethic in the Industrial age- people went to work and by the end of the day, satisfied their physical/ mental fatigue over drinks (hot or cold) in the knowledge that they’d “worked hard”. Think of the old beer ads: ‘I feel like a Tooheys or two’, ‘I can feel a XXXX coming on’- always featuring sweaty, exhausted people who’d truly earned that refreshing beverage after a days' “hard work”. They felt ready to go home, have dinner, sit in front of the television (or the wireless before that) shower then go to bed. Sure they’d be exhausted from the day just gone and they’d have to do it all again the following day, but this was perfectly acceptable because they’d worked hard and that was all that mattered. According to general consensus, that was how you got ahead in your profession- long hours and hard work- with a couple of small mercies at the end of the day and a pay cheque at the end of the week to make it seem worthwhile.
So in this age of working smart, how do I keep myself from getting cabin-fever and walking aimlessly around my place, talking to myself for lack of personal interaction during the day on a Monday-Friday basis? How do I avoid the evil lure of day-time television or awakening from a daze to discover I have spent the past half an hour on YouTube, searching for a song I can recall hearing at Primary school discos but can’t recall the name of?
Everybody’s work situation is different- I understand that for many of you reading this, you may not even work for yourself or at home. Whatever your circumstance, it is my strongest recommendation that you find a way to physically (and mentally) exercise- because not only does this have a positive effect on your health and your general happiness, but I guarantee you’ll see positive changes in the quality of your work, too. Perhaps (like me) you can even find a way to combine your physical out-put (whatever it may be) with fine-tuning your professional out-put?