Times are changing and for the good. Soon, there would be no back-breaking, long hours of ceaseless work, at least in the white-collar industry. While ideas like a 4-hour workweek are doing the rounds and being explored for their negative and positive aspects, the best thing is still taking a break and getting away from the rigmarole no matter how short or long it may be. For James William Awad a.k.a. Senior Musician, taking time off is extremely critical as it allows you to recharge and return with renewed vigor.
Everyone is an artist in their own right. Keeping things fresh and monotony at bay helps us stay passionate about what we do. One should keep looking for new ways to do a job. This is of course possible only when we find ideas to keep ourselves inspired. Sometimes, to create something wonderful, we must take time off to draw new inspirations and insights. For Senior, the founder of TripleOne (111), this means, “soaking up the sun, surrendering to nature, looking at the leaves as they dance in the wind, and opening your ears to the music of nature. This natural time-out allows you to rejuvenate parts of your senses that could be dulled by mechanical work. By opening up to nature, you tend to heal yourself and bring that sense of balance to your work.”
Most people take time off when they are dog-tired. We have become habituated to ceaseless work hours to such an extent that some people tend to have guilt pangs when they are not working. Such an approach makes them delay breaks until they have burnt out completely. James William discourages such an approach. “You should not take a break when you are at the breaking point but when you are doing well. This doesn’t make decompressing an escape route but instead makes it an organic part of your life. It becomes the fodder that feeds your days consistently instead of erratically. This makes a huge difference to the quality of your life and the work you produce overall.”
Good advice is like a good friend – rare and useful. So James William Awad advises us to make the most of our time and energy as we enter the New Year.