Laziness begets laziness
Vacations are amazing. They’re a time to unwind, recharge. To take some distance from the every day grid.
But they’re also an excuse to get lazy. And that’s fine because you don’t have to do anything. My biggest accomplishment this va-cay is finishing all seven seasons of Californication. That’s a big investment of time with a very low ROI. That’s fine. I’m on holiday.
But it becomes a pattern. If I don’t go hard in one area of my life I start slouching in other areas as well. I don’t work, which means I don’t work out, which means I don’t do stuff outside of work, which ends up in me watching an entire fucking series in two weeks.
But it’s fine. It’s good. I need to enjoy these things when they happen. I need to internalise all this useless lounging around while I can.
And then when I get back to London I need to go for a run first thing. Then I need to get into work early and get some stuff done. Set up some fun stuff to do with friends. A dinner or two. Write some more. Think about businesses I could set up.
For me this is all about something a lot of people call “flow.” Once you’re in a flow state you don’t need to think or exert effort to get stuff done. It just happens.
It’s something that happens to athletes a lot over shorter periods of time. Snowboarders get into a flow and don’t even think about how to throw triple backflips off of a big air. Ping-pongers don’t think about how they’re hitting the ball, they just do it. Flow is getting into a state where you don’t need to think about the act of doing it.
That’s where I was before I went on this vacation and it’s a place I want to go back to. Exercise three times a week. Do good, important stuff at work. Eat healthy. Drink in moderation (!). Spend time with friends. I need to get back to a place where I don’t need to think about doing all that.
I need to reach that state of flow again.