Really simple stuff, actually. Yea.. we’ve all heard it. We also forget and the occasional reminder doesn’t hurt one little bit.
Some excellent advice on just living from Brad Feld regarding not falling into a depression (and what to do about it):
“The first is the 80/20 rule. When running Feld Technologies in my 20s, I remember reading a book about consulting that said a great consultant spent 20% of their time on “overhead” and 80% of their time on substantive work for their clients. I always tried to keep the 80/20 rule in mind – as long as I was only spending 20% of my time on bullshit, nonsense, things I wasn’t interested in, and repetitive stuff that I didn’t really have to do, I was fine. However, this time around, I’d somehow gotten the ratios flipped – I was spending only 20% of my time on the stimulating stuff and 80% of my time on stuff I viewed as unimportant. Much of it fell into the repetitive category, rather than the bullshit category, but nonetheless I was only stimulated by about 20% of the stuff I was doing. This led to a deep boredom that I didn’t realize, because I was so incredibly busy, and tired, from the scope and amount of stuff I was doing. While the 20/80 problem was the start, the real root cause was the boredom, which I simply didn’t realize and wasn’t acknowledging.”
I do something similar, it’s more of a 50% rule. If I’m not having fun at least 50% of the time, I’m not doing the right stuff.
I’m wondering if modifying that to 80% isn’t a bad idea.
More on it in Brad’s archives here: http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/tag/depression