“What is life, if not the sum of a hundred thousand daily battles and tiny decisions to either gut it out or give it up?”

– James Clear

Jas and I were out to lunch today and laughed for a good 5 minutes over the following statement:

“The juice ain’t worth the squeeze, and the squeeze ain’t worth the juice!”

We were taking stock of what we had accomplished this week with work, life’s chores, etc. and since we both looked so bedraggled, we couldn’t help but call it out! Given the state of our appearance, it would have suggested that our efforts would have produced more than the current results, and both the ridiculousness and realness of that statement truly hit home in that moment. This week we’re encouraging you to take stock of what takes up the most of your time, and then ask, is it worth it?

It can be frustrating to put in work, be diligent and consistent about the execution of a plan ALL THE TIME. On our grind we can easily over-extend ourselves or forget that even the most determined person at times needs to rest. While it’s one thing to be tired, at what point does felling “tired” become more than that? What’s more, how do we re-gain our motivation once we’ve finally hit a mental wall?

Below are some key questions to ask ourselves in figuring out how to best move forward:

1. Are you overwhelmed because you currently have too much on your plate and are not sure where to start to get it all done?

– This implies that there’s an end in sight, and it’s just a matter of getting over the current hump before things go back to their normal low key schedule. Meditation and thoughtful silence at the beginning of the day is a great way to keep the to-do list in order and effectively prioritized. Sometimes it just takes that moment of stepping away from the to-do list, to see what clearly needs to happen on that list and when.