The way I treat my life is the same way I treat the stock market: I invest in things that will yield a positive return. For example, which "stock" is better: spending 6 hours at a bar, or spending 6 hours working on my craft?
The answer should be obvious.
This doesn't mean I "never take breaks"—because I do. And this doesn't mean that every moment of every day should be spent "doing something"—because it shouldn't. The key is to understand where it is you want to go, what needs to get done to get there, and what must be sacrificed in order to make that happen. Sometimes the sacrifice is small, and only for a short period of time. Sometimes the sacrifice is big, and lasts years. Regardless of what it is, don't think of it as "a sacrifice." You are merely choosing to invest your time in areas you feel will give you the return you are looking for. That's it.
Even though the day-to-day might seem inconsequential, it's the little things you do each and every day that ultimately add up. Just like investing, your interest will begin to compound the more you invest in your self and the longer you're able to keep that momentum going without "pulling your money," so to speak.
Not practicing one day, or not getting done what needs to get done, can be ok for a moment. But make sure you are aware of patterns that arise. A day off can quickly turn into two. Two becomes three and then four. And then before you know it, you're completely out of rhythm and you have no idea how you got there.
Start small. Focus on the day to day. And let the long-term trajectory take care of itself.
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