If You Feel Guilty For Taking Breaks, Read This

Do you play games in your phone?

I don’t. 

I would love to write the rest of this post about how I think games are dumb and just steal your attention from important stuff. 

In fact, for most people, I really do believe this is true. 

But I’ve just spent the past 2 days with a friend and colleague who is making some serious impact in the world. 

He’s someone who works a lot but knows how to take time and clock out to take care of himself. 

He loves video games. 

He’s still successful. 

It’s not as simple as saying:

“Video Games are bad.”

“TV is bad”

“Consumptive entertainment is bad.”

This is something I’ve wrestled with for years. 

For me, I don’t like the feeling I get after getting up from a TV episode or a movie or a video game. 

If I didn’t get something from it, it feels like I just wasted a lot of time. 

So it’s not really as simple as saying this one thing is bad and always bad and you should avoid it. 

Please be wary of anyone who gives you broad, sweeping advice like this. 

It’s up to you. 

It’s up to you to listen to your gut and follow your internal compass. 

You can be very healthy and productive while also having a few vices. 

Normal. 

So, I say all this because I want to get a calibration reading on your internal “Guilt Compass.”

Guilt is one of the best ways to kill motivation. 

Get a good read on this, because your output depends on it. 

2 Minute Action

What’s something you feel guilty about?

What makes you feel guilty about it?

Is it because that thing is inherently bad?

Is anyone getting hurt?

Take 2 minutes to find an example and make time in the next week to test out your guilt radar By actually putting this behavior into practice and noticing how you react.

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