Imagine a lumberjack. He chops wood for a living. The more wood he chops, the more he gets paid.
He is tempted to keep chopping away, working seven days a week. I mean, why wouldn’t he? He enjoys doing it after all.
The problem is: the first day of the week he chops 10 trunks a day, but by the sixth day his axe has become blunt. Now he can only chop 5 trunks a day. If he keeps working with his blunt axe, his overall production goes down.
Instead, if he takes a day off to sharpen his blade, production goes up again. Despite his urge to just keep chopping away.
In many ways we behave the same in our daily life. We want to just keep going on. Stopping seems like a waste of time.
When I am flying a lot, I don’t want to stop. I just want to go go go. Fortunately there are laws to prevent pilots from working too much. So I am kind of forced to take my days off.
At the beginning of my off days I am a bit restless, not knowing what to do with all that free time. But after not too long, the rest returns and I realise how much my body and mind actually needed a break from work. As much fun as work is!
This break is healthy for us in all aspects of life; work, social life, exercise, hobbies, relationships.
We need to sharpen our blades every now and then.