Do you build in enough rest?
August 3, 2017

Ever watched someone working so hard you had to look away? That’s what happened on my way to get groceries recently. The guy on the construction crew was pounding these big-ass nails (I think that’s what they’re called) so fast and furiously I thought he’d pass out. It was difficult to watch. So I looked away.

A few seconds later the pounding stopped. The guy wiped sweat off his brow as he straightened up and walked toward the other guys on the crew. One minute I’m wondering how I got so lucky, to have avoided this gentleman’s fate. The next minute I’m enjoying a wave of relief, knowing he apparently gets regular breaks.

I’ve talked with and been colleagues with construction workers who wouldn’t trade their calluses for all the screen time in the world. Even from my vantage point the guy I just mentioned had an air of satisfaction about showing those big-ass nails who’s boss. When he wraps up a day at five o’clock or whatever he can see what he accomplished, even allowing for all the breaks he took just to make it through another shift.

How do you know when to quit?