The 52-Week Pledge: STOP Overextending Yourself [Week Seven]

This past Sunday I was watching a Dormtainment video called “I Hate Rappers” where these hilarious young dudes were discussing their problems they have with today’s modern hip-hop stars, and one of the funniest (yet realest) points they made was ‘why do rappers always brag about how much sleep they DON’T get?’ They proceeded to say that maybe rappers would put out a lot LESS “hot garbage songs if they weren’t so sleep deprived. This made me laugh and then reflect on one of the stupidest things I hear people say FAR too often: “I got to grind now and I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”


This is typically accompanied by ignorant hashtags like #TeamNOSleep and the whole thing is incredibly ridiculous. The reality is, not only do we ALL need a healthy amount of sleep, but we also need to take DAYS OFF from chasing our dreams, so we can cool down, recharge our batteries and come back energized the next day or two after. The concept that life should be cramming a million different tasks into ONE day is ridiculous, but even worse, it’s EXTREMELY unproductive. One of our main goals as dream-finders is NOT to simply FINISH tasks, it’s to EXCEL at them, and if we aren’t 100% in control of our mental and emotional health, how the heck can we give 100% of our best effort? Well, the reality is we simply CAN’T.

What happens when you push yourself TOO hard…

Many of us have full-time jobs, part-time jobs, relationships, kids, out-of-work commitments, volunteer tasks and other obligations that demand A LOT of our attention – and that’s not even including our friends, our hobbies and personal undertakings like going to the gym or doing yoga once a week. Creating a work-life balance is HARD, but it becomes exponentially more difficult when it evolves into work-life-dream balance. Well here’s the FIRST part in figuring out how to do it: Determining WHEN you are going to give yourself a BREAK.

So this week’s challenge MIGHT be the hardest one yet, although it’s probably going to SEEM like the easiest one. We all need to develop a way to fit AT LEAST 24 consecutive hours of REST into our schedules. I want you ALL to try this because this may be the big difference between you chasing your dream comfortably and you getting so stressed out and overwhelmed you just call the WHOLE thing OFF. You can make it from Friday when you get off like to Saturday afternoon [i.e. 6 PM Friday – 6 PM Saturday] but it MUST consist of you NOT doing ANY business between that timeframe, including answering emails, scheduling meetings, and sitting in front of a laptop. You must COMMIT to spending those hours be productive PERSONALLY, whether it’s getting that work out in that you want, spending time with friends and family, or even just catching up on sleep you were deprived of during the week.

Before we start making GRAND plans on following dreams and being all we can be, let’s make sure we give OURSELVES some SERIOUS attention so even when we get busy, we know how to maintain a BALANCE.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.