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Personal Development

I settle in and double check that my keyboard still works. *click, click* Is this thing on? Phew, all good. Are the folders I’ve created for Matt Black Ink even on my Desktop anymore? Yep, right where I left them. Will I even remember how to build a new post, source images and share it with my community? Looks like I’ve yet to lose my WordPress touch. After what feels like an eternity, I’m back in the saddle and excited to create new content for clients, my community and maybe most importantly - myself. To attribute my hiatus to “Writer’s Block” would be a weak cop out to the real underlying problem at work here: I simply didn’t believe that I had what it takes. Call that pathetic, call it surprising, maybe it’s a mix of both those things. But I’m sure you’ve been there too. So how did you manage? There’s probably a million different strategies which all depend on the person and the circumstances they face. But I finally realized that the only way to see the forest for the trees is to just do. I recognized that no matter how many books on content marketing and blogs I read, regardless of how many successful writers I spoke with and despite mapping out a diverse and realistic strategy, I wasn’t doing what needed to be done - which was writing. And it was all due to the fact that I didn’t think I was good enough. But here’s why I’m breaking up with self-doubt and urge you to do the same:

Hey, do me a favour and close your Inbox for a sec… Perfect! Next, hold down that ‘Power’ button and turn off your work cell… Awesome, thanks. Now for the love of all things sacred and Holy, please stop sending emails while you’re sitting down for dinner with your family! Sorry for the rant, but you need to know that being a workaholic isn’t cool. It doesn’t make you a better employee or person. It won’t make you a hero in the eyes of your colleagues or, well, anybody really. It isn’t even necessarily a predictor of success! Take it from me – a guy who blurred the lines between his time as an employee and as a son, brother, boyfriend, etc., for over 5 years – until making a career move a few months back: The work is going to be there tomorrow… and the next day… and the day after that. After some time to reflect, let me say this: having a work-life balance is one of the best things you can strive for in the world – and achieving it is entirely in your control. Don’t kid yourself – being addicted to work is a choice. The unfortunate truth is that we prioritize our ever-growing Inboxes and looming deadlines over so many other precious moments too often. The consequences can be life-changing, and in most instances, not for the better. During my time as an office addict, my health suffered, I missed countless family functions, I gained a ton of weight… But it doesn’t have to be this way. And frankly, it shouldn’t be this way. Here are a few unparalleled benefits of disconnecting from the world of work and spending more time with the rest of your life: