It's not just the current and seemingly insurmountable political divide in America – human beings are really prone to extremes. In education, for example, the pendulum swings all the way from rote or programmed learning on one side (boring, but easily facilitated by computers) to discovery-style, discussion-based, hands-on learning on the other (which leads to deeper thinking, but may leave students light on concrete facts). In another circumstance, we have hoarders on one side and location-independent, live-out-of-one-backpack proponents on the other.
The challenge is always to find a compromise which takes the best of both approaches (as in education), or a happy medium that meets the needs of the majority of people (as with minimalism, which seeks to meet essential needs and a few strongly-desired wants without excess).
When it comes to work, I think most of us fall into one of two extremes:
- We work way too hard, with little boundary between work life and everything else, and never feel that we've accomplished enough;
- We procrastinate and are prone to distraction, and feel guilty about how little we get done.
- Do fewer things, and be more mindful and committed to those things.
- Recognize your victories.
- Rest, recreate, and connect more.