I stopped experiencing burnout as soon as I made free time and rest a core part ... | by Sahil Bloom

Sahil Bloom

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I stopped experiencing burnout as soon as I made free time and rest a core part of my daily systems—rather than a reward for my efforts.

If you’re Type A like me, this means scheduling it into your days the same way you do anything else. Eventually it becomes part of your standard practice. Makes a world of difference.

The idea that free time is bad is one of the greatest lies you’ve been told. Free time is a call option on future interesting opportunities. When you have free time, you have the headspace and bandwidth to pursue new ideas. Free time increases your serendipity surface area.

This means that your free time and rest is actually critical to your value and output in the long-term. It’s no surprise that some of the greatest innovators in history have believed in the power of long daily walks…

The Paradox of Boredom The most creative, captivating ideas stem directly from periods of intense boredom. You’re bored, your mind wanders, your thoughts mingle—creative insight strikes. Schedule boredom. Writing about this for an upcoming piece: t.co/32basvHOHZ

Interestingly, this mentality on rest and free time seems to come naturally to elite athletes. Physical rest feels so obviously important to their performance. Mental and spiritual rest to feel just as obvious.

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