...You need to spend time on the future even when there are more important things to do in the present and even when there is no immediately apparent return to your efforts. In other words — and this is the hard part — if you want to be productive, you need to spend time doing things that feel ridiculously unproductive. Read more here.
The second article that is worth reading is from the New York Times, which recently reported on a study that examined the brains of "superagers"—people who have remained active and engaged into old age. They asked the question: Which activities, if any, will increase your chances of remaining mentally sharp into old age? And their best answer: Work hard at something.
The researchers point out a distinct challenge: hard work makes you feel bad in the moment, and as many people age, they achieve "happiness" by choosing not to engage in challenging or difficult activities. In short, they step back, check out. But, according to the research, superagers "excel at pushing past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort." (Read more here.)
So the lesson: Keep trying. Don't give up. The quality of your life depends on it.