Episode 361

Finding Balance Beyond Work

Published on: 27th February, 2024

Primary Topic: Importance of Balancing Work and Personal Life

- Lewis Hamilton's Experience

- Balancing work and personal interests

- Benefits of pursuing other activities outside of work

- Effect of Overwhelming Workload

- Impact on creativity and thinking abilities

- Need for diversity in activities to stimulate the mind

- Productivity and Rest

- Acknowledging the productivity of rest

- The significance of nurturing creativity outside of work

- Hobbies and Creativity

- The value of engaging in hobbies for joy and creativity

- Encouraging creativity regardless of perceived talent

- Challenging Self-Limiting Beliefs

- Overcoming childhood beliefs about creativity

- Embracing different forms of creativity

- Taking Action

- Encouragement to engage in a creative activity

- Evaluating the impact on work after engaging in a creative pursuit

Janice Chaka [:

Hello, and welcome to The Traveling introvert. And today, I want to talk about why you need things in your your life other than work. So the other day, I was listening to an interview knew with Lewis Hamilton, who is a multi time world champion in Formula 1. Need and he mentioned that you you know, you hear the saying, work hard, play work hard. And you always think if you know anything about Formula 1 that all they're is thinking, living, breathing, driving a car. And, yes, of course, they enjoy driving a car, but he was asked the question, yeah, but we see you sort of doing things like skydiving and these other pursuits, and now you have a clothing label. And, you know, there's other things that you Arjun you got your sky skydiving license and scuba diving license. I I think both.

Janice Chaka [:

And he said, well, I was doing an experiment. Need I'm paraphrasing here. And it was along the lines of if I just trained some more, worked some more, ate well, did some training, and went into work and to drive. Yes. I would drive, and I'd be well, but and it was fine. But if I took time out and did The things that I enjoyed and then came into work. Yeah. I might be a little bit more tired, but I my mind was firing, and I was thinking of new things and thinking of other things.

Janice Chaka [:

I felt alive, and I was far more, equipped to work that day. And I found that really interesting because sometimes we just get so stuck in the being overwhelmed with work, having so much work to do. If I don't get this work done, then someone else will do it, or they will take my job away and work, work, work, work, work that it's not even about rest in between. It's about having different avenues and different ways for your mind to think. If your work if your brain is only thinking about that one thing all the time or that thing and adjacent things all more time. You lose your creativity. You you stifle your brain's ability to be creative, ability to think different, need ability to think in different ways, ability to get excited maybe as much as you might love your job. Your brain needs other things to think about.

Janice Chaka [:

Need and so, yes, also rest is productive, but side of work. What do you do to create new neuropathways to think differently, need to help you with your work. Do you have hobbies? And here's the other thing. You don't have to be the best of the best at your hobby. You could just have a hobby because you enjoy know it. I know a HR leader who who likes to DJ. She knows she's not necessarily good at it, but she does it because it brings her joy and it aids creativity. So my question to you is, what have you done in the last 5 days or, let's say, a week that has been creative The isn't to do with your work.

Janice Chaka [:

And here's another interesting thing that Lewis know? Hamilton said, we're all creative. We always get told like, at school, we have teachers who are like, no. You can't do that. No. You're not good enough do that. No. Your brain isn't your brain isn't wired. Your white wide isn't your brain isn't wired in that way.

Janice Chaka [:

No. You can't, and it stifles children. So need no. You're not creative. No. You're not arty. No. You're not math y.

Janice Chaka [:

No. You're not sciency. No. You're not Introvert thing here. And we hear that at a young age, and it gets compounded and retold, and we believe it. But just because you might not be creative as in maybe you're not the best finger painter, need But maybe you're really good at crochet. It doesn't mean that you can't be creative. It's just that particular way didn't work.

Janice Chaka [:

And even still, how badly can you mess need finger painting. Right? So tell telling yourself that, oh, I'm not good at this. No. I'm not good at that. And The be great or amazing, but if it brings you joy, you like doing it, do it. So my challenge to you all is to take, even if it's just 30 minutes, this week, and go ahead and do something need creative with it. Do something that sparks your brain, that makes you think differently. Need even if it's hard, even if it's easy, whatever that might be might be really just a good rest for your brain for thinking about work stuff and see how that feels the next day when you're back at work.

Janice Chaka [:

Thank you for listening. This is Janice at TheCareerIntrovert.com, helping you build your brand and get hired. Have a great rest of your week.

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The Traveling Introvert
A bite-sized podcast about traveling while running a business and being an introvert.
Not knowing what introversion was until my 30s, I feel that I wasted some of my early years by not really understanding myself. An inspiration for my business is that I want to help others understand themselves better, earlier on in their careers and their lives. Introversion is a very misunderstood area – introverts can suffer mentally and physically because people typecast them or act negatively towards them. It’s not nice to be trapped in a little box. When you label somebody, they tend to act like that label, which stops people from achieving their true potential. I don’t let being an introvert define me, I let it guide me.
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