Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

When Working Harder Delays Your Creative Goals

The other day I went to the gym, looked at the new workout plan that my trainer made me and started exercising.

The workout was hard. For 45 minutes I exercised non stop. By the end, I was exhausted, but proud of my resilience and…

Wait a second… 45 minutes without a break? I didn’t make you a plan like that!”

The look on my trainer’s face was clear: I got the plan all wrong. Apparently, I was supposed to take a 20-second break after every second exercise… Oops!

Hey, but I ended up working harder, so it was for the best… right?

That’s when the trainer explained to me that she had created my workout plan so my heart rate would increase and decrease throughout the whole session. I don’t have enough knowledge to explain this as eloquently as she did, but basically, if I had taken my breaks, my body would be able to keep on burning more calories throughout the day.

…but since I didn’t take any breaks, the workout wasn’t as effective as it could have been.


Work Smarter, Not Harder.

How many times have we been bumping our heads against a painting? Rushing through without thumbnails, reference or losing hours of sleep?

The number of hours we put in is not the point. Taking the time to properly study, take breaks and let the concepts sink in is what helps us achieve our goals.

If we all made some time to slow down and focus our efforts, we’d be able to move a lot faster. 

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