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Want to Live a Carefree Life? 30 High Paying Jobs to Fulfill Your Dream

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Want to Live a Carefree Life? 30 High Paying Jobs to Fulfill Your Dream

Faced with a career choice and wondering which road to take? Frankly, if you can get a job that you’re passionate about, you’re one of the few lucky ones in the world. But if you’re still figuring out what your ideal job should be like or you need a bunch of money to realize your dream in the future, then why don’t you try the high paying ones first?[1]

It’s Not Only About Getting a High Paying Job, But the Ones on the Rise

Basically, our seniors often advise that if new employees keep their noses to the grind, work untiringly (read uncomplainingly) and keep at it for a few years to come; and pepper their hard work with a little goodwill towards the bosses – they will soon be in a coveted position. And yes, they are right – to a point.

With the Internet now being everyone’s new BFF, the best way to land a high paying job, is to search for a job that is predicted to be high paying this year. And for 2017, here’s the list of high paying jobs that have quite a few openings, and are predicted to be on the rise and have an awesome median base salary to begin with. And to make it easier for you, we’ve also thrown in the qualifications you need to land the high paying jobs.[2]

Top 30 High Paying Jobs in the US

Interested? Here’s a list of the 30 best high paying jobs in the US, arranged in ascending order of average pay from lowest to highest, with the projected growth rates being from 2015 to 2024! [3]

Pharmacist

Average annual pay: $119,270

Projected growth: 3%

    Job Description & Qualification: With the US spending more than $350 billion a year on drugs, being a pharmacist is certainly the way to go. Aspiring pharmacists need to complete two years of undergraduate study before attaining their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from a pharmacy school and can obtain licensure by passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam.

    Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

    Average annual pay: $119,390

    Projected growth: 7%

      Job Description & Qualification: A cushy if crucial job for these are the people who successfully manage a brand in a very dynamic social media-centric world. Usually an MBA in marketing or PR is what gets you this job, with your level of experience deciding your seniority. However do note that this is a job with a wide pay range with some earning as little as $50,000 a year while some earning almost $200,000!

      General And Operations Manager

      Average annual pay: $119,460

      Projected growth: 5%

        Job Description & Qualification: The people who hold these jobs have diverse qualifications ranging from engineering degrees to MBAs, simply because these are the guys and gals who plan, direct and coordinate the complete operations of organizations, which can be as diverse from pharmaceuticals to girder manufacturers. Most of these jobs can be found in cities with a high population of people and HQs.

        Compensation And Benefits Manager

        Average annual pay: $121,630

        Projected growth: 6%

          Job Description & Qualification: Most employers prefer to hire these managers with a master’s degree in human resources management, finance, or business administration (MBA), though bachelors are also hired at junior positions. Responsibilities basically revolve around deciding the compensation and the benefits of the company’s employees…

          Law Teacher (Post-Secondary)

          Average annual pay: $126,230

          Projected growth: 13%

            Job Description & Qualification: So they say that those who cannot do, teach – and in case you are tired of being a lawyer, how about you start shaping more then? This is one of the best academic lines and the highest paying jobs you could choose, for law school never really go out of business, like ever. The qualifications you need to teach law are the same as you need to practice it, and with some experience to go with that

            Sales Manager

            Average annual pay: $130,400

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            Projected growth: 5%

              Job Description & Qualification: If you can sell, well, then you can earn good too! The job of a sales manager is to lead his team, so as to make his company the most profit ever. The qualifications you need for this job are simple, along with a bachelor’s degree and business and marketing major; your motto should be always be closing! However there is a pay variation: Sales managers in the financial industry make an average of $148,000, Manufacturing and wholesale sales managers earn an average of $118,000 and folks in retail earn $81,000.

              Financial Manager

              Average annual pay: $134,330

              Projected growth: 7%

                Job Description & Qualification: With recession disappearing around the corner, being a financial manager is lucrative again. A Bachelor’s Degree in finance, business administration or accounting with a masters being preferred and the job of a financial manager is to make sure the company stays profitable and financially viable at all times.

                Podiatrist

                Average annual pay: $136,180

                Projected growth: 14%

                  Job Description & Qualification: For a “foot doctor”, the average annual pay makes it one of the high paying jobs, since the world now lives longer but with more health problems than ever! To become one, you must complete a four-year graduate training at a podiatric medical school. And in case you are wondering what podiatrists do? Well, they give medical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg issues.

                  Lawyer

                  Average annual pay: $136,260

                  Projected growth: 7%

                    Job Description & Qualification: This job does pay well but comes with unending days and work hours. With an ever expanding yet an ever shrinking world at the same time, law can never go out of business as companies and individuals keep infringing on each other’s territories. However, top firm jobs are cushy but there are many a poor struggling lawyer too. To qualify, well you study law and pass the bar.

                    Airline Pilot, Copilot And Flight Engineer

                    Average annual pay: $136,400

                    Projected growth: 5%

                      Job Description & Qualification: A job that keeps you on your toes, the airlines industry does come with plenty of dangers and a whole load of stress. The competition for being a top paid pilot in an aviation giant is fierce but comes with plenty perks. If you want to fly, you need a bachelor’s degree in aircraft operations, aviation, aeronautical engineering, or a related field, plus two months ground training and more than 1,500 hours of flight experience.

                      Natural Sciences Manager

                      Average annual pay: $136,570

                      Projected growth: 3%

                        Job Description & Qualification: A natural science manager is needed in various research and development companies where they direct things like testing, quality control, and production, overseeing the work of scientists. You would need a bachelors I natural sciences and a masters or Ph.D. in a particular discipline, work as a scientist for a few years before moving to managerial level.

                        Marketing Manager

                        Average annual pay: $140,660

                        Projected growth: 9%

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                          Job Description & Qualification: To be a marketing manager you would need a Bachelors and Masters in business or marketing, with extensive experience in the field. Companies always need profit and marketing managers estimate the demand for products, develop pricing strategies and ensure to keep customers satisfied.

                          Computer Information And Systems Manager

                          Average annual pay: $141,000

                          Projected growth: 15%

                            Job Description & Qualification: A cushy job indeed as more and more firms are expanding their business to the digital spheres. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or IT, along with a Masters in the same field or in business administration, along with some 5-7 years of experience, then you have just landed yourself a great job.

                            Architectural And Engineering Manager

                            Average annual pay: $141,650

                            Projected growth: 2%

                              Job Description & Qualification: Though it is a designer world we now live in, the growth of building has slowed down in developed countries. You need to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam for this.

                              Petroleum Engineer

                              Average annual pay: $149,590

                              Projected growth: 10%

                                Job Description & Qualification: A bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering is needed for an entry level job, which includes class work, labs and field work along with the study of basic sciences such as chemistry, calculus, differential equations and physics. However oil prices dictate if you get a job or not.

                                Nurse Anesthetist

                                Average annual pay: $160,250

                                Projected growth: 31%

                                  Job Description & Qualification: Nurse anesthetists are the highest-paid of all advanced practice registered nurses, and have advance graduate education in the same. You start with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and obtain State Licensure as a Registered Nurse. After experience in Critical Care Nursing you earn a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. …

                                  Prosthodontist

                                  Average annual pay: $161,020

                                  Projected growth: 18%

                                    Job Description & Qualification: The salary makes this one of the high paying jobs make this a job great for someone looking to give people beautiful smiles! After a doctoral degree in dentistry along with residency, a prosthodontist requires licensure from the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP).Other than working with cosmetic dental enhancements, prosthodontists also construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures for the mouth and jaw.

                                    Dentist (Specialist)

                                    Average annual pay: $171,040

                                    Projected growth: 18%

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                                      Job Description & Qualification: So being a dentist is always a high paying decision and if you are a specialist in dentistry, like pediatric dentists, then as health insurance grows, so will your practice. After a doctoral degree and residency in dentistry, you need postgraduate training in the dental specialty of your choice.

                                      Dentist

                                      Average annual pay: $172,350

                                      Projected growth: 18%

                                        Job Description & Qualification: If you want to keep it simple, then opt to be just a dentist. All you need to do is pass the DAT, and complete your doctoral degree in dentistry with the required residency.

                                        Pediatrician

                                        Average annual pay: $183,180

                                        Projected growth: 14%

                                          Job Description & Qualification: Keeping children healthy is rewarding and the American Academy of Pediatrics states that there is a shortage of pediatricians in any case. After an undergraduate degree, you get your doctors degree in pediatrics and then complete a three-year residency period before getting certified with the board.

                                          Chief Executive

                                          Average annual pay: $185,850

                                          Projected growth: 5%

                                            Job Description & Qualification: So being chief is good, right? To climb your way up the managerial ladder to the CEO position you first need to get a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field – could be business or public administration or even in a specialized field of your choice. Follow this up with some work experience and an MBA, and then work your way up to it, taking advantage of any company sponsored training programs along the way.

                                            Family And General Practitioner

                                            Average annual pay: $192,120

                                            Projected growth: 14%

                                              Job Description & Qualification: Ultimately while specialists are always need, the sheer abundance of minor ailments make GPs and family doctors very popular indeed and family doctors do pretty well too. To become a GP you need a degree in medicine, recognized by the board, a two-year foundation course of general training and specialist training in general practice as well as well as board certification.

                                              Psychiatrist

                                              Average annual pay: $193,680

                                              Projected growth: 14%

                                                Job Description & Qualification: As stress increases, the mental balance decreases. And the ones who profit from this are the psychiatrists with one of the coolest high paying jobs indeed. You need a Bachelor’s degree, a Masters in psychiatry, complete your residency, obtain a license and then finally get board certified for this.

                                                Internist

                                                Average annual pay: $196,520

                                                Projected growth: 14%

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                                                  Job Description & Qualification: Internists are doctors who diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatments for diseases and injuries of internal organ systems, and to become one you must complete a minimum of 7 years of medical school and postgraduate training in the same, along with licensure and board certifications.

                                                  Physician (Others)

                                                  Average annual pay: $197,700

                                                  Projected growth:18%

                                                    Job Description & Qualification: Any doctor’s job like the ones stated above are good, even if they are slightly non classic like research or at medical schools. You need a doctorate in medicine for this, like with all other doctor degrees.

                                                    Orthodontist

                                                    Average annual pay: $221,390

                                                    Projected growth: 18%

                                                      Job Description & Qualification: Orthodontists set teeth and jaws straight, more for functional purposes than for aesthetic reasons. To become one you first need to become a doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or the equivalent Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and then complete orthodontic specialized training, get a license and get certified.

                                                      Obstetricians and Gynecologists

                                                      Average annual pay: $222,400

                                                      Projected growth: 18%

                                                        Job Description & Qualification: These physicians provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth, and the reproductive system. To become one you first need your undergraduate degree and then graduation from medical training, post which you complete specialized training in obstetrics and gynecology and you residency. Licensure and Certification are the final steps.

                                                        Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon

                                                        Average annual pay: $233,900

                                                        Projected growth: 18%

                                                          Job Description & Qualification: Yet again, the medicinal and dental field delivers. If you become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you get a one of the best high paying jobs, but not without effort. After UG and a doctor’s degree, you will need at least four years of additional surgery training to be able to treat facial traumas, cleft lips and even patients with head, neck and oral cancer.

                                                          Surgeon

                                                          Average annual pay: $247,520

                                                          Projected growth: 14%

                                                            Job Description & Qualification: If you’ve always loved to disassemble fix and put things back together, then you might just be a great surgeon. Of course, you have to put n quite a number of years to become one – an undergraduate degree, a medicinal doctor degree and then many years of specialized surgery training and residency!

                                                            Anesthesiologist

                                                            Average annual pay: $258,100

                                                            Projected growth: 14%

                                                              Job Description & Qualification: Being an anesthesiologist in the US is one of the best high paying jobs indeed! It does take years of study though, four years of undergraduate Degree, about four years of a Medical Degree and then residency aka four years of postgraduate training! Anesthesiologists do walk a fine line, administering anesthesia prior to, during or after surgeries and other medical procedures keeping patients in comfort but in the healthy range.

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                                                              So basically, getting to do something you love and getting well paid for it is like having your cake, and eating it too! Right? So here’s wishing you the best for your job search for these great high paying jobs…

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                                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity?

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                                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity?

                                                              “It’s great to be productive. It really is. But sometimes, we chase productivity so much that it makes us, well, unproductive. It’s easy to read a lot about how to be more productive, but don’t forget that you have to make that time up.”

                                                              Matt Cutts wrote that back in 2013,[1]

                                                              “Today, search for ‘productivity’ and Google will come back with about 663,000,000 results. If you decide to go down this rabbit hole, you’ll be bombarded by a seemingly endless amount of content. I’m talking about books, blogs, videos, apps, podcasts, scientific studies, and subreddits all dedicated to productivity.”

                                                              Like so many other people, I’ve also fallen into this trap. For years I’ve been on the lookout for trends and hacks that will help me work faster and more efficiently — and also trends that help me help others to be faster. I’ve experimented with various strategies and tools . And, while some of these strategies and solutions have been extremely useful — without parsing out what you need quickly — it’s counterproductive.

                                                              Sometimes you end up spending more time focusing on how to be productive instead of actually being productive.

                                                              “The most productive people I know don’t read these books, they don’t watch these videos, they don’t try a new app every month,” James Bedell wrote in a Medium post.[2] “They are far too busy getting things done to read about Getting Things Done.”

                                                              This is my mantra:

                                                              I proudly say, “I am addicted to productivity — I want to be addicted to productivity — productivity is my life and my mission — and I also want to find the best way to lead others through productivity to their best selves.

                                                              But most of the time productivity means putting your head down and working until the job’s done.” –John Rampton

                                                              Addiction to Productivity is Real

                                                              Dr. Sandra Chapman, director of the University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth points out that the brain can get addicted to productivity just as it can to more common sources of addiction, such as drugs, gambling, eating, and shopping.

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                                                              “A person might crave the recognition their work gives them or the salary increases they get,” Chapman told the BBC.[3] “The problem is that just like all addictions, over time, a person needs more and more to be satisfied, and then it starts to work against you. Withdrawal symptoms include increased anxiety, depression, and fear.”

                                                              Despite the harmful consequences, addiction is considered by some experts as a brain disease that affects the brain’s reward system and ends in compulsive behavior. Regardless, society tends to reward productivity — or at least to treat it positively. As a result, this makes the problem even worse.

                                                              “It’s seen like a good thing: the more you work, the better,” adds Chapman. “Many people don’t realize the harm it causes until a divorce occurs and a family is broken apart, or the toll it takes on mental health.”

                                                              Because of the occasional negative issues with productivity, it’s no surprise that it is considered a “mixed-blessing addiction.”

                                                              “A workaholic might be earning a lot of money, just as an exercise addict is very fit,” explains Dr. Mark Griffiths, distinguished professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University. “But the thing about any addiction is that in the long run, the detrimental effects outweigh any short-term benefits.”

                                                              “There may be an initial period where the individual who is developing a work addiction is more productive than someone who isn’t addicted to work, but it will get to a point when they are no longer productive, and their health and relationships are affected,” Griffiths writes in Psychology Today.[4] “It could be after one year or more, but if the individual doesn’t do anything about it, they could end up having serious health consequences.”

                                                              “For instance, I speculated that the consequences of work addiction may be reclassified as something else: If someone ends up dying of a work-related heart attack, it isn’t necessarily seen as having anything to do with an addiction per se – it might be attributed to something like burnout,” he adds.

                                                              There Are Three “Distinct Extreme Productivity Types

                                                              Cyril Peupion, a Sydney-based productivity expert, has observed extreme productivity among clients at both large and medium-sized companies. “Most people who come to me are high performers and very successful. But often, the word they use to describe their work style is ‘unsustainable,’ and they need help getting it back on track.”

                                                              By changing their work habits, Peupion assists teams and individuals improve their performance and ensure that their efforts are aligned with the overarching strategy of the business, rather than focusing on work as a means to an end. He has distinguished three types of extreme productivity in his classification: efficiency obsessive, selfishly productive, and quantity-obsessed.

                                                              Efficiency obsessive. “Their desks are super tidy and their pens are probably color-coded. They are the master of ‘inbox zero.’ But they have lost sight of the big picture, and don’t know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness.”

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                                                              Selfishly productive. “They are so focused on their own world that if they are asked to do something outside of it, they aren’t interested. They do have the big picture in mind, but the picture is too much about them.”

                                                              Quantity-obsessed. “They think; ‘The more emails I respond to, the more meetings I attend, the more tasks I do, the higher my performance.’ As a result, they face a real risk of burnout.”

                                                              Peupion believes that “quantity obsessed” individuals are the most common type “because there is a pervasive belief that ‘more’ means ‘better’ at work.”

                                                              The Warning Signs of Productivity Addiction

                                                              Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you may be succumbing to productivity addiction. After all, most of us aren’t aware of this until it’s too late.

                                                              • Can you tell when you’re “wasting” time? If so, have you ever felt guilty about it?
                                                              • Does technology play a big part in optimizing your time management?
                                                              • Do you talk about how busy you are most of the time? In your opinion, is hustling better than doing less?
                                                              • What is your relationship with your email inbox? Are you constantly checking it or experience phantom notifications?
                                                              • When you only check one item off your list, do you feel guilty?
                                                              • Does stress from work interfere with your sleep?
                                                              • Have you been putting things off, like a vacation or side project, because you’re “too swamped?

                                                              The first step toward turning around your productivity obsession is to recognize it. If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it’s time to make a plan to overcome your addiction to productivity.

                                                              Overcoming Your Productivity Addiction

                                                              Thankfully, there are ways to curb your productivity addiction. And, here are 9 such ways to achieve that goal.

                                                              1. Set Limits

                                                              Just because you’re hooked on productivity doesn’t mean you have to completely abstain from it. Instead, you need to establish boundaries.

                                                              For example, there are a lot of amazing productivity podcasts out there. But, that doesn’t mean you have to listen to them all in the course of a day. Instead, you could listen to one or two podcasts, like The Productivity Podcast or Before Breakfast, during your commute. And, that would be your only time of the day to get your productivity fix.

                                                              2. Create a Not-to-Do List

                                                              Essentially, the idea of a not-to-do list is to eliminate the need to practice self-discipline. Getting rid of low-value tasks and bad habits will allow you to focus on what you really want to do as opposed to weighing the pros and cons or declining time requests. More importantly, this prevents you from feeling guilty about not crossing everything off an unrealistic to-do list.

                                                              3. Be Vulnerable

                                                              By this, I mean admitting where you could improve. For example, if you’re new to remote work and are struggling with thi s, you would only focus on topics in this area. Suggestions would be how to create a workspace at home, not getting distracted when the kids aren’t in school, or improving remote communication and collaboration with others.

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                                                              4. Understand Why You Procrastinate

                                                              Often, we procrastinate to minimize negative emotions like boredom or stress. Other times it could be because it’s a learned trait, underestimating how long it takes you to complete something or having a bias towards a task.

                                                              Regardless of the exact reason, we end up doing busy work, scrolling social media, or just watching one more episode of our favorite TV series. And, even though we know that it’s not for the best, we do things that make us feel better than the work we should do to restore our mood.[5]

                                                              There are a lot of ways to overcome procrastination. But, the first step is to be aware of it so that you can take action. For example, if you’re dreading a difficult task, don’t just watch Netflix. Instead, procrastinate more efficiently,y like returning a phone call or working on a client pitch.

                                                              5. Don’t Be a Copycat

                                                              Let’s keep this short and sweet. When you find a productivity app or technique that works for you, stick with it.

                                                              That’s not to say that you can’t make adjustments along the way or try new tools or hacks. However, the main takeaway should be that just because someone swears by the Pomodoro Technique doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.

                                                              6. Say Yes to Less

                                                              Across the board, your philosophy should be less is more.

                                                              That means only download the apps you actually use and want to keep (after you try them out) and uninstall the ones you don’t use. For example, are you currently reading a book on productivity? Don’t buy your next book until you’ve finished the one you’re currently reading (or permit yourself to toss a book that isn’t doing you any good). — and if you really want to finish a book more quickly, listen to the book on your way to work and back.

                                                              Already have plans this weekend? Don’t commit to a birthday party. And, if you’re day is booked, decline that last-minute meeting request.

                                                              7. Stop Focusing on What’s Next

                                                              “In the age when purchasing a thing from overseas is just one click and talking to another person is one swipe right, acquiring new objects or experiences can be addictive like anything else,” writes Patrick Banks for Lifehack .

                                                              “That doesn’t need to be you,” he adds. “You can stop your addition to ‘the next thing’ starting today.” After all, “there will always be this next thing if you don’t make a conscious decision to get your life back together and be the one in charge.”

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                                                              • Think about your current lifestyle and the person you’re at this stage to help you identify what you aren’t satisfied with.
                                                              • By setting clear goals for yourself in the future, you will be able to overcome your addiction.
                                                              • Establish realistic goals.
                                                              • To combat addiction, you must be aware of what is going on around you, as well as inside your head, at any given time.
                                                              • Don’t spend time with people who have unhealthy behaviors.
                                                              • Hold yourself accountable.
                                                              • Keep a journal and write out what you want to overcome.
                                                              • Appreciate no longer being addicted to what’s next.

                                                              8. Simplify

                                                              Each day, pick one priority task. That’s it. As long as you concentrate on one task at a time, you will be less likely to get distracted or overwhelmed by an endless list of tasks. A simple mantra to live by is: work smarter, not harder.

                                                              The same is also accurate with productivity hacks and tools. Bullet journaling is a great example. Unfortunately, for many, a bullet journal is way more time-consuming and overwhelming than a traditional planner.

                                                              9. Learn How to Relax

                                                              “Sure, we need to produce sometimes, especially if we have to pay the bills, but, banning obsession with productivity is unhealthy,” writes Leo Babauta. “When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax.” Don’t worry about being hyper-efficient. And, don’t beat yourself up about having fun.

                                                              “But what if you can’t motivate yourself … ever?” he asks. “Sure, that can be a problem. But if you relax and enjoy yourself, you’ll be happier.”

                                                              “And if you work when you get excited, on things you’re excited about, and create amazing things, that’s motivation,” Leo states. “Not forcing yourself to work when you don’t want to, on things you don’t want to work on — motivation is doing things you love when you get excited.”

                                                              But, how exactly can you relax? Here are some tips from Leo;

                                                              • Spend 5 minutes walking outside and breathe in the fresh air.
                                                              • Give yourself more time to accomplish things. Less rushing means less stress.
                                                              • If you can, get outside after work to enjoy nature.
                                                              • Play like a child. Even better? Play with your kids. And, have fun at work — maybe give gamification a try .
                                                              • Take the day off, rest, and do something non-work-related.
                                                              • Allow yourself an hour of time off. Try not to be productive during that time. Just relax.
                                                              • You should work with someone who is exciting. Make your project exciting.
                                                              • Don’t work in the evenings. Seriously.
                                                              • Visit a massage therapist.
                                                              • Just breathe.

                                                              “Step by step, learn to relax,” he suggests. “Learn that productivity isn’t everything.” For that statement, sorry Leo, I say productivity isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” However, if you can’t cut loose, relax, do fun things, and do the living part of your life — you’ll crack in a big way — you really will.

                                                              It’s great to create and push forward — just remember it doesn’t mean that every minute must be spent working or obsessing over productivity issues. Instead, invest your time in meaningful, high-impact work, get into it, focus, put in big time and then relax.

                                                              Are You Addicted to Productivity? was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com via unsplash.com

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