The Number One Reason Why You Can't Get Anything Done

When is the last time you disconnected? No, not scrolling through Instagram for an hour does not count. I mean really, really disconnected. I'm talking gone full M.I.A. on the world status.

A lot of us are afraid to do this. We're afraid that we'll miss out on something. We're afraid that we have to be available to everyone at all times - friends, family, employers, "followers". We're afraid that we'll disappoint or upset someone if we don't answer that email or text right away. 

So we stay connected, constantly emailing, constantly posting, constantly hitting that home button on our iPhone to see if we have any new notifications. And in the off chance that we're not completely zoned in to the outside world, we're working like crazy on our careers + our futures.

It. Never. Stops. 

Hard work, focus, drive - all amazing qualities that I would never tell you to let go of. But what if I told you that your need to work hard, your ability to focus on a million things at once, and your drive to do it all can actually be your downfall. . .

When you try to do too much, you're setting yourself up for failure. You find yourself being stressed + busy rather than being efficient + productive. Eventually, a burn out WILL happen, leaving you unable to get anything done at all. 

I know this because it happened to me. I was juggling a full-time job and a full-time side hustle (aka my entrepreneurial dreams). Nonstop managing, writing, positing, planning, creating, and branding was my life - until I couldn't think anymore. No amount of organizational tips, to-do lists, or inspirational blog posts could help me - the damage was done. My work and my goals consumed me to the point of no return. 

My brain was mush. Words stopped flowing like they used to. My self-motivation was gone. My work became subpar. 

I was so connected and focused on doing it all that one day I was no longer to get anything done.

Don't be like me, please. I want to save you from hitting a mental brick wall. I want to save you from an emotional breakdown and a physical burn out. I want to save your poor iPhone's home button from falling out because you feel the need to check your phone for emails/tweets/notifications every 10 minutes and do work on the go (yes, this really did happen to me. I told you I was trying to do too much).

YOU CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE IF YOU'RE TRYING TO GET IT ALL DONE.

We are not superhuman. We are not built to juggle a million things at once. You can't be epically creative and be the best you you can be if you're running on empty. 

The only way you'll be able to get things done is if you reconnect with your work, and the only way you can reconnect is if you disconnect. 

Yes, you read that right - you must first disconnect to reconnect.

It's okay to step away once in awhile. Sometimes, I pretty much go radio silent on all of my social media accounts and even sometimes a break with the outside world. I need it. My sanity needs it. Then, when I'm ready, I can come back feeling rested, renewed, rejuvenated, and yes, reconnected.

Take time to rest your mind and body. . . and your fingers. Yes, that does mean that you may need to seriously limit your time liking pictures on Instagram or creating boards on Pinterest (trust me, it's worth it!)

Take time to renew your spirit. Appreciate the little things in life. Do something for yourself. Take yourself out for a nice meal or just give yourself permission to be lazy for a few days. It's really okay. 

Take time away to allow rejuvenation to happen. I know I know, you may catch a major case of FOMO (aka fear of missing out) but I'm telling you that if you disconnect, if only for a couple of days, when you come back you'll be able to tackle the world again. Promise. 

Never stop kicking butt, following your dreams, and going after what you want in life. Keep on being a mover + a shaker, living fearlessly, and dreaming wild, crazy dreams. Just remember, though, that your dreams cannot become a reality without a happy, productive, and focused YOU. 

You can get it all done, eventually, but only if you take a step away and do nothing, for once. 

Remember: disconnect to reconnect, and repeat.

xo always, RAE