Regardless of what I perceive on social media – which, let’s face it, is like judging every John Grisham novel by reading only Skipping Christmas (Christmas with the Kranks) – it is impossible to work 24/7 productively, efficiently and with joyous abandon, without being carted away in a special jacket and re-housed in a rubber room. Social media reinforces the myth that:
- Everyone is successful
- Mental health is not an issue
- Everyone is having a much happier time in life than you or I.
- Everyone else appears to be breezing through life without a care in the world.
- Everyone should be connected with everyone else in the world.
Having a healthy work life, I’ve come to realize, starts with a plan. If no real plan exists and day-to-day life is a series of whatever comes up separated by periods of self-loathing for not being able to accomplish what I imagine the rest of the world is accomplishing, then the rubber truck is waiting in full idle outside my door.
- Get one.
- The tool to use, is whatever works for you – pen/paper, electronic, crayons, cave wall paintings – what every feels right AND is enjoyable.
- Plan time to plan. Creating a plan is good – but useless if you don’t use it – DAILY.
- Plan time to NOT work. And unless you are in the chain of command to deploy nuclear missile launch codes, disconnect from all screens – at least for a significant part of the time – say 95%.
A Bit O Trivia – the phrase “It’s better to have a bad plan than no plan at all” is attributed to no less than seven different people – according to internet wisdom.