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‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ I wonder what the origins are of this proverb, however considering mother Google doesn’t even know I doubt I’ll be receiving a response any time soon. In all honesty, I could care less about Jack and his profound dullness as a child. What I am interested in, however, is the notion that “all work” can make someone boring. Considering how much I procrastinate, I must be an absolute delight to be around.
The perfect balance between work and rest is often difficult to establish. The coined term ‘workaholic’ is in fact a derivative of the very unbalance between these two constructs.
Some people struggle to draw the line, finding themselves overworking to the point of mental (or even physical) destruction.
Having experienced GCSEs, AS, the filling of university applications and now the jewel that is A-Levels, I can safely confirm that the work never stops piling up. From dealing with copious amounts of stress in the past three years, I must say that taking breaks and doing activities that I enjoy is what has kept me sane.
We must remember that our level of endurance is not always the same as the next person’s, so we shouldn’t unhealthily push ourselves to reach their pace when one is already struggling to keep up.
This weirdly fits both the idea of intellectual work, as well as physical… make of it what you will!