The 52-Week Pledge: Only IDIOTS Never Take Breaks [Week 18]

Before I began to write this post, I was contemplating starting off with an apology for writing so scarcely in the last few weeks. But before I could even begin typing the sentence I realized I DON’T want to apologize because I have nothing to feel sorry about. Since I began writing this blog on April 1st, 2010, I have NOT taken an extended break or time off, and seeing as I typically post between 10-15 blogs a week, and type somewhere between 5000-15,000 words a week (not to mention the podcasts, youtube vids and radio show), I think it’s safe to say I earned a vacay from writing. I always believed that you should stay on your grind 24/7, but after finally getting the opportunity to recharge my batteries and refocus myself, I realized that continual hustling with NO BREAKS is incredibly STUPID.


After taking a few weeks off from blogging here, I rediscovered my passion for writing and entertaining, as well as learning how much balance actually HELPS my life. When I actually get sleep, take personal time for myself, allocate time for friends/family and NOT force myself to work all the time, I become MORE productive when I sit down to do my thing.

The fact that people constantly brag on Facebook and Twitter about getting NO sleep (which is crucial to your health and focus) has helped me to differentiate between those who THINK they are working hard and those who are actually working SMART.

But finding balance hasn’t been my big goal this week – it’s how this newfound balance has helped me focus in on my goals for 2013. We are officially in the first quarter of the new year, so what are YOUR big goals in these next three months?

Before April 1st, 2013, what is a goal that you want to accomplish? If we all state our short term goal to achieve between today and March 31st, it will be easier to help keep each other accountable week by week, and it will make our goals seem more attainable and realistic because they won’t be so far off. So let’s all state on 1st quarter goals, and if we don’t have any, let’s create some RIGHT NOW.

Keep grinding! (But take breaks too!)

Lincoln Anthony Blades can be found on Twitter at @LincolnABlades and on Instagram at @ThisIsYourConscience