Casey Neistat is pretty damn cool (in my opinion anyway). If you don’t know his work or who he is, check out his YouTube channel. Casey, best known for his daily vlogs, has worked with companies such as Nike, J.Crew and Mercedes Benz on major advertising campaigns. He’s a filmmaker, producer and entrepreneur living in New York City with some a-list friends including Karlie Kloss, Jack and Finn Harries, and a bunch of other talented creatives.
Casey made a bold statement in one of his videos that got me thinking.
‘Free time is the enemy of progress.’
In my opinion progress is extremely important. I believe in spending my time constructively in order to achieve progress in both my personal and work life. I’m constantly adding things to my to-do/to-experience list. I like to keep busy and focused, whether it’s university, work projects, or organising a trip.
Casey is constantly doing things. He’s always busy. He has continuously worked hard and smart to get to where he wants to be. He has created opportunities for himself in order to succeed.
Don’t get me wrong having free time or down time is awesome. However, I’m one of those people, when I have too much free time I start getting lazy. After a while, I feel anxious that I’m losing motivation, ambition and energy. Maybe I’m crazy but that’s how I feel.
Down time = Good
Too much down time = Not so good
Here’s the take-away. At the moment I’m working hard to finish my university degree. I’m working hard to gain experience in my chosen field and to create opportunities for myself in the future. As discussed in this article by the World Economic Forum, keeping busy is the best way to stay productive. Studies have shown that those who are busy are more likely to complete tasks.
However, busyness is different to productivity. Sometimes we’re busy and not productive and it’s important to understand that. There are loads of TED talks you can listen to on the topic of productivity and thousands of articles screaming, ‘Don’t be busy, be productive.’ Anyways, we get it.
Inspiration and motivation to continuously work hard, challenge yourself and progress can be hard to find at times. For me, inspiration comes from success stories, meeting new people, extraordinary work, receiving positive feedback and travelling. It’s always there you just have to look for it.
If you’re standing still you’ll never go anywhere. If you don’t try you can’t succeed. Nothing comes easy and if you wait around for opportunities to come to you, they might never come. You have to make things happen for yourself so keep busy with things that matter to you.
I’ve linked some of my favourite videos of Casey’s below: