Pause – The importance of taking a break

Selling digital products online, I could literally be working from anywhere in the world and create the life I always wanted to live. Instead, I’m trapping myself at home, in a 48sm (516sf) apartment, in a city I don’t want to live in.

In this blog post, I want to talk about my experience after finally taking a break after years of just working day in and day out.

I’m addicted to work

I don’t want to go too much into detail in this article but I think it helps to quickly outline my situation.

I’m addicted to work.

I’ve always been a very social person and had lots of friends that I used to hang out with every day. After that came to an end in my early 20’s, I started to focus on my business & building a future for myself to become financially free.

And don’t get me wrong, it worked great.

The only problem is, that’s all I been doing ever since, and I just turned 33. It’s literally been 10 years.

In summary, I highly underestimated how important it is to have a work/life balance.

It’s difficult for me to try and explain my situation but you can look at it like this:

Imagine you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is get in front of your computer to start working. You’ll be doing barely anything else until late at night – and that for years, day in and day out.

This literally rewires your brain. It’s like being imprisoned – but by your own mind.

I struggle taking breaks or doing anything “unproductive”. When I’m out, my main goal is basically to get back home to sit in front of my desk again.

Yea and when the pandemic hit, things just got worse.

How I managed to stop

Well, I didn’t quite manage to just break out of it myself.

Long story short, I joined my girlfriend on a holiday she had booked for herself and traveled to the same area with my camper van while she stayed in a hotel.

I want to highlight that because I would probably still be sitting here if it wasn’t her that “triggered” me to become active.

What I’ve learned

Even though I was on the road for only around a week and a half, I learned a lot from that trip.

I realized how important it is to have clear goals. Not only when going on a trip, but in life.

I drove down to Italy with no destination in mind. There wasn’t anything in particular I wanted to see or places I wanted to check out.

Me on a boat at lake Weißensee, Kärnten.

Being out there without a clear destination really made me realize how much easier this would have been if I knew exactly where I was going. Especially with a van, where you have to make sure you have a spot to stay for the night.

If I had at least 1 goal in mind, I could have planned my trip around that goal.

Be clear about your goals

I always knew having goals would be a good thing. Though, I had to get into a situation like this to actually understand the importance of it.

I never really had any goals in my life, only broad ideas. Setting a goal, preferrably with a due date changes everything. It puts all of your actions into perspective. That’s been the key takeaway for me from this short, challenging but exciting journey.

Enjoy the process

When you have a goal, it’s easy to forget to actually enjoy the process of getting there. I’m 100% guilty of that. I always want things to be done and shy away from projects that don’t have a forseeable end. I always just want things to be done. But why not sit right in there and enjoy the actual process of getting there?

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere at a beautiful lake in Austria.

Take your time. Don’t just look at the end-result. Be there during the process.

Take care of yourself

This is another thing I struggle with a lot. It’s always been work first, then me. I sometimes don’t eat until late in the evening even though I know this could trigger a migraine for me. I actually had 2 migraine attacks in a row when I was on the trip because I didn’t manage to stay hydrated.

Migraine for me is pretty bad. I get blurry vision, I throw up and lay on the floor moaning in pain. All this could have been prevented if I had just taken better care of myself.

Summing up

Quite honestly, I’m not sure why I’m writing this blog post. Unironically, I didn’t want to write it in the first place and just move on to work on something else 😀

But hey, it actually feels good.

I hope maybe this will help someone that’s been in a similar situation.

I think I will continue writing these posts to be able to look back at them again in the future to check on my progress.

Here’s a video of some of the places we explored.

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Take care.

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