I totally and completely agree with de Montaigne. It's one of the reasons I really can't stand to waste a single day. There's not an infinite number of days, and if we waste one here and one there, we may find after several years that we've lived very little.
"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little."
~Michel de Montaigne
I've had an intense and mentally exhausting week. By the time I got my kids to bed Wednesday-- the third equally exhausting day in a row-- I crashed. Even though I hadn't even written the next day's post yet. I woke up Thursday morning, came into my office, sat at my computer, opened Blogger... and just stared. Then thought, "I can't do this right now. Maybe I'll comment on comments." I opened the comments, and thought "No. I seriously can't even do that." Then email. Same results. Then my WIP. Same.
I was spent.
So I showered early. Then responded to a few emails. Then woke up my kids and got them to school. I actually had the entire day to spend on writing / writing-related stuff. Instead, I responded to a couple more emails. Then some laundry. FOUR hours after I woke up, my blog post. A little housework, a little computer work. Back and forth. Before I knew it, it was time to get my kids from school, and I'd accomplished almost nothing.
Why do I bring this up? Because I should've kicked my butt into gear and forced my brain to give me some decent output no matter how exhausted I was? No. Not at all. Sometimes the thing you most need is a break. I should've taken one. Instead, I half-worked on writing. I half-worked on my house. At the end of the day, everything was only half-done, and I can't say I had recovered. It's like I got 1/4 of a normal day's work done, 1/4 a day of recovering done.... and 1/2 a day just plain GONE.
I guess my point is this: Your day is best spent when you make the best use of WHATEVER you are doing. If you are writing, give it your all. If you are working on a to-do list long enough it must've felled several trees, give it your all. If you're spending the day with loved ones, give it your all. If you are taking a break, rejuvenating, recovering-- give it your all. Whatever you do, when you give it your all, it's a day well spent.
I wish I'd remembered that yesterday.
So what are your plans today? I'm going to crit and write and NOT repeat yesterday.
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Happy weekend! May your day be of good use.