A friend of mine in college used to say that if you’re going to do something, do it. But if you’re going to say that you’ll do something, then waste your time doing something else, you’ve wasted two opportunities:

  1. The opportunity to actually do whatever it is you wanted or needed to do.
  2. The opportunity to enjoy time spent doing something else.

To add insult to the above, you’ve probably spent time doing the second thing while simultaneously thinking about the first.

Sometimes you need to focus and get something done. Sometimes you need to take a break. Learning how to tell the difference, and intentionally acting accordingly, is the challenge.