Why it is important to create a lifestyle which is both productive and enjoyable

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Developers, designers or anyone creative has a nag to create. They are always busy creating something from time to time. And they must have built a few things in the past. Some with pressure and some without pressure or deadline. But those who did it without pressure could only do it because they were focused on only one thing, i.e. the product they were creating. And that concentration, clarity and passion led them to create something very beautiful/functional.

I believe to work without any obstacles, people should have different fields to concentrate, work, and enjoy on and not only one. When a person works on a particular object, may that be anything, he/she can not concentrate more than 45 min. on that work. This count may vary person to person. But the base essence of this fact is that even we love or don’t love doing a work, we need switching. Switching between different works. For example, Coding to gardening. Gardening to cooking. Cooking to coding; and so on. What I am saying here is: with pressure, no one has gone any far till today, nor he/she will. No doubt with pressure you will get the work done, but the person doing it won’t work with his/her 100% effort.

Now a days, startups or individuals move on a good pace in their development phase, which is best and acceptable. But many a times they start to think very fast. They fall in the trap of future possibilities and tries to pace up the development process. I acknowledge the fact that as start-up, people or organizations need to move fast and get into the market quickly to test their products. But the question is : aren’t we human first? Or are we robots?

I experienced and thus completely believe that without mental satisfaction no one can create anything full of mastery. And for that we need to be flexible. We need to understand that human emotion comes first when one is forging something full of mastery. As being the blacksmith of your workshop, you must not take pressure for product launch, marketing, investment or revenue. One must concentrate only on the product.

This one principle of not taking pressure may change or break any company/individual. Now a days, most of the companies get the job done with pressure and that is why the level of mastery is not achieved. Take for example the culture developed in Google. How their employees work. All they do is code, design and play. All without pressure. On the other hand, Apple has done it with an extreme level of pressure. Both inside and outside apple. This has cost the company its image in the market.

The best practice one can do when pressure starts to build is to take rest for 1 or 2 days. Give your mind the time it needs to recharge, not the time to build the pressure. Treat yourself and everyone else involved in the team with human emotion. Because before investment, revenue, market or product, humans always comes first. And in the end people will remember you on how you treated them, not on how big company you created.

Here’s a lovely quote I will leave you with from the book: The four hour workweek, written by Tim Ferriss “By working only when you’re most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having the cake and eating it too.”

And by the way, it’s my mom’s birthday today. So cheers!

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Have the cake and eat it too!

Author: Sankalp Sinha

👨‍💻 Senior Product Designer | 🌐 Working remotely | 📐 Heavily organized | ✍ Writing about my experiments in Professional & Personal Life | 🙆‍♂️ All about me 👉sankalpsinha.com

40 thoughts on “Why it is important to create a lifestyle which is both productive and enjoyable”

  1. Yes I totally am totally clinging to the last bits of warmth this season. I am in Rochester, NY and enjoyed a huge yellow heirloom tomato (not sure what variety–it ripened to a red color on top, and was delicious) last week from my farmers’ market. And now I know how to maximize the potential of my next finds! Thanks for being an awesome vegan recipe creator, you totally rock!

  2. kritt11 Maybe Michael Reagan isn't the most impartial source on Obama. He certainly has perked up since the GOP picked Palin, who he believes is like his late dad. But even Reagan has the ability to listen to an entire conversation- not just the sound bite and make a fair assessment. He should also ask himself why Obama would be classy enough to declare families off-limit, then attack Ms. Palin in a sexist way.I guess Michael can't tell the difference between “making sense” and participating in a political smear campaign.

  3. I get my mojo working early in the AM, it’s just me and the birds (maybe even before the birds). I love to have a copy this book….since I love to make all different kinds of cards.Thanks

  4. What an important reminder – I’m not exactly a yeller, either, but I can get huffy-impatient with the third or fourth repetition of a question. How much better to simply answer, and go on.I suspect the impatience and fussiness are no more than strange variations of denial and fear. “Why can’t you remember?”, I want to know. And the answer of course is age, decline, and other inevitabilities I prefer to ignore. So I fuss.As for warning Larry he’s taken on Mission Impossible – I suspect he already knows.

  5. Will seafood restaurants and sushi bars accommodate my shellfish allergy?I would really enjoy going to seafood restaurants and/or sushi bars more often but I am a little concerned about cross contamination. I can eat any type of fin fish but I am allergic to shellfish (lobster, crab, shrimp, etc.) Can reasonable accommodations be made for me (especially at a sushi bar) and my specific allergy or should I continue to avoid going out for seafood?

  6. "Yeah, that wasn't lame, not much. I thought you were a tough thug? what happened? this was a pussy statement.It would be lame if we all didn't know that your wife actually does whip your head around every time you disobey her. She does pay the bills after all."Sorry Skippy. You aren't worth getting all upset over. You can go back to playing WOW in your funky-ass underwear now.

  7. Mathematicians have calculated that there are about 50 trillion possible combinations of states with electoral votes that add up to 270. (Most are nonsensical, such as those that lump Utah and California as voting for the same candidate.)If Obama can find only 40 combinations that make him win, that’s not very promising. If you sold each of the 50 trillion combinations for twenty-five cents, you still wouldn’t have enough money to pay off the national debt. Scary.

  8. waried dit :Bref, le journalisme est devenu un concours de popularité. Plutôt que d’informer la population, les journalistes préfèrent dire ce que les gens veulent entendre. Il est plus facile de surfer sur les idées reçues que de challenger la pensée unique.Les médias sont des business qui doivent rapporter de l’argent. Qu’est-ce qui est plus payant ?

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