Yesterday I filmed a $1,500,000 home in Wimberley, TX. It was a work day, one of my better ones in fact. I clocked 10 hours on Clockify.me and it all went by like a breeze. It was a good day. I'm confident the video I filmed will turn out well.
I make sure to book all my jobs on my "work-days". That would be every day except Monday or Thursday. But, I admit, sometimes I shuffle around my work days and my days off because something gets in the way.
Today is a Thursday. No real estate shoots, no clocking 10 hours. Or 8 or 6 or 4 (I honestly don't always clock 10 hours). No need to stress about anything. Today is my day off. And because I was raised up with Judeo-Christian roots, I say that it was my sabbath. "A day kept holy" which basically means... it's different than the other days. Basically, if you spend most of your time doing a certain thing, make sure to have at least one day where you don't do whatever that thing is.
Don't get the wrong idea. I'm not all that religious. I don't think the gods will smite me or you if we don't have a sabbath. Fuck that. I think the concept of having a day off exists just as a practical way to remember to take a break. There is more to life than working and making money and upholding other people's opinions of yourself and. and. and.
You can feel free to simply think of it as a day off.
I like taking breaks from the normal "grind" as they call it, so I always try to have two of these per week. And my sabbath isn't what most of the people I know think of when they hear the word "sabbath." They might think of a sabbath as a day where you do no work... But I really like the idea that when you work with your mind (like I do, all this trying-to-be-creative stuff), then you sabbath with your hands. And when you work with your hands you sabbath with your mind. I'm able to turn off my brain while I make a wooden pipe by hand. Or if I'm painting on a canvas, I don't do it like I'm learning, watching online tutorials. I just have fun and paint (sometimes I'm in the mood to learn, so I watch a tutorial. Sue me.) Most recently, though, I bought a 1948 Underwood Champion typewriter. It not only smelled like the war, but it came in the mail with 8-9 functional problems (certain keys sticking, the bell not working, etc.). I took it apart, piece by piece, cleaned it, and put it back together. Now it only has 3-4 problems, WHICH I DON'T UNDERSTAND. You'd think that if you built the machine from scratch that you'd know it inside and out. Well, I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong. I think some of the metal pieces are bent, and that's where the problems are... I need to figure out where those bends are and bend it in the other direction. I bet I sound like an engineering genius.
My point is that I don't work every day, that's not my goal. I try to take days off. But the key here is that I've tricked my brain into thinking that working on a typewriter or painting on a canvas is fun. I've been training myself to think that video games and television aren't the best way to relax. And I've felt immensely better because of it. It's been about 6 weeks of this self-trickery, and I still feel that I'm on the right path forward. So who knows, if you feel somehow tired after playing 8 hours of video games. Or if you feel even lazier after watching 3 movies, or binging an entire TV show. Try experimenting like I have been and go outside to a public park or google cool places in your local town/city. Or try reading a physical book, or working on a project that you'd kinda like to try out. Just bite the bullet knowing the worst thing that could happen (probably) isn't that bad.
Have fun out there folks. I'll be here again tomorrow.