Stop obsessing about productivity
“The inhale and the exhale: it’s the balance of doing and being. I think there’s often the perception that if you want to be as effective in the world as possible, you should just constantly be working and constantly be executing and outputting.
But the problem with that is that we are humans, we’re not robots; we’re engaged in a creative endeavor that requires a lot of energy, and so if you’re constantly involved in the output—in the exhale—then you’ll run out of breath. You won’t have the ability to give your best to the work at hand.”