National Blog Posting Month – December 2012 – Work
Prompt – Are you happier when you’re working or when you’re relaxing?
Some days I have serious doubts that I can relax. I get nervous during idle time, with the constant nagging suspicion that there is something that I ought to be working on.
I think it’s a remnant of being a graduate student. We called it “grad student guilt” then. Basically, if you were conscious, you needed to be working if you had any illusions about graduating on time. I still feel this way.
Relaxing is stressful to me. I have a hard time just kicking back, enjoying a beer, and watching a movie. Lately, I’ve been watching lots of movies, but I’m only able to do that as I’m working on a blog series about bad geology movies. See? It’s work, so I’m doing a good thing.
When I’m working, even if it’s not related to my paying job, I feel like my energies are going to good use. I feel like my efforts will be beneficial in the long run. I (almost) never feel that way when I’m relaxing – though rationally, I know that there are important benefits to taking a break from time to time.
So, am I happier when I’m working or when I’m relaxing? Usually happiest when I’m doing a lot of work and being highly productive. Relaxing can wait until I am no longer capable of working…