Seasonal Work

Keeping the same routine all year is not for me. I’m at my best when I can go all-in on a few things for a short period of time, and then move on.

It’s crucial to figure out how YOU work best (‘Know Thyself’). There’s no magic, one-size-fits-all way to do things. All advice can be good or bad. It depends on the individual and even on where you’re at in life. That’s why I don’t trust prescriptive advice.

Back in the day, people’s work type and effort varied throughout the seasons. There was a time to work hard and a time to rest. For example, in many places, you can only harvest crops for a part of the year. The rest of the time, you live off what you’ve saved.

Working intensely for a season and taking the rest of the year off doesn’t mean you’re lazy. I live on a small island famous for scuba diving. I see many instructors work extremely hard during the high season (around 4-6 months), and spend the rest of the year traveling and relaxing. This way of work is healthier and more natural.

Take this “Season of No” concept from the Hormozis. It’s a time when you say no to all that’s not moving you forward to where you want to be in life.

Look at bodybuilders. They’re not competition-ready all year round. There’s an “off-season” for gaining muscle and strength, and then a “pre-contest” phase to “cut” and prepare for the competition. It’s a big misunderstanding to think they’re always at their 100%.

And this is why I’m not big on those “do something every day” tips. I’d rather take on challenges and conduct short experiments instead of doing something consistently for the long term.

What matters is knowing yourself, figuring out what works best for you, and searching for the best way to make it work.

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