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by Lisa Dela Rosa |

Illustration by: Enya Cruz

There are times when we feel pressured to create progress, especially when we see others achieving their goals. This may urge us to work double time and non-stop so that we won’t be left behind. The idle time that we use for breaks may feel like a sin because we are trying hard too much to catch up or go beyond what we achieved so far.


Although you may think that this action is a positive one, it can only do you more harm than good.


Working non-stop will only drain the life out of you.


Take these as examples:

If you’re an athlete/singer/dancer/etc., the first thing that you need to take care of is your well-being. If you are overworked in your training, you are prone to get fatigue and injuries.

For the creatives, if you draw or create non-stop, you’ll drain your creative juices and face a creative block.

For the businesspersons, if you work continuously, and sacrificing your sleep, you’ll be prone to getting sick.


Going at your own pace is important when you want to achieve something. Break down your goals into bite size pieces to pace yourself. Don’t squeeze everything in a short amount of time.

Don’t forget to celebrate your small achievements, it will keep you motivated.


It is your mind and body that we are talking about, so you must know the boundaries of your limits. Don’t go comparing your achievements with others as we all have our own circumstances.


Don’t feel guilty if you take breaks.


Go on a short vacation. Find a new hobby and learn new things. Catch up with your friends and family. Have a life outside of work and connect with others. Understand that we are only humans, and there are essential routines that we need to do to take care of our well-being.


Even robots need to recharge to function well 😉

So, what more with us humans right?