👋🏾 Sanjay and Natasha here. Slow Down, Stop multitasking, Breathe, relax. These are the basic steps to pausing and slowing down your work-life cycle. When you implement these strategies, your ability to work at top capacity will increase dramatically. But, unfortunately, we often don't take the time to do the things that will help us relax and unwind. Unless we force ourselves to take a break from our day-to-day activities, we end up becoming anxious and stressed out because we can't seem to get off the couch or off Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
What if we told you that you could deliberately create a breathing space that is less stressed out? By deliberately slowing down and taking small steps in different ways, you can increase the quality of your sleep and stress reduction without giving up your motivation (at least for a while!). In addition, by slowing down, you raise your baseline for how much energy is required to perform tasks. This means that when you achieve tasks that require bursts of mental energy (e.g. scheduling meetings, creating client proposals, etc.), these bursts come easier than later.
We believe that there is a difference between taking a break from work to relax and from work to hustle. What separates the two is the purpose, and in my experience, most people go into hustle mode without really understanding what they're getting into.
What Is Hustle Mode?
The problem with this mindset is that it can lead to mediocrity. For example, a person who works crazy hours for little pay can still be considered hustling if they show up every day to improve themselves. Suppose we generalize this mindset to a few characteristics. In that case, we'd say it tends to view hard work as something that should come naturally and effort as something that only women or people who aren't living life at its fullest can do.
We hear romantic stories of people grinding late at night until their hard work finally pays off. We think we need to do the same and use it as inspiration, even when we're struggling. We hear that this is how it should be, but it isn't. It doesn't have to be this way. We did not have an easy road to success. We did not always have the support of family and friends. But what we did have was drive and ambition. We tried to do everything we could to move up in the world. We worked very hard, sometimes very long hours, and sometimes we just laid around and Dreamed.
The Problem with Hustle Mode
When you're in hustle mode, everything seems possible — and it doesn't give you much time for self-reflection or the opportunity to learn and implement new things. It's all about getting more done and being productive as fast as you can. That can be extremely rewarding, but it can also paralyze you into focusing only on how to get more done. When it comes to your work, time is extremely valuable. However, it would help if you spent it wisely to achieve results and progress in your career or business.
Do you need to slow down?
Slow-down is something that many of us struggle with — not just in business but in life at large. We feel like we have to get everything done, and if we don't take time for ourselves, we feel guilty. That is a natural part of creating habits, but to break free from the healing loop, we need to be aware of our internal dialogue and how it influences us. Huffing off interrupts your flow and makes you feel cynical and tired. So try these tips for slowing down and expand your perspective on slowing down.
4 Tips to slow down when in hustle mode
1. Admit when you're inspired by hustle culture
You see people on Instagram who have made millions of dollars with no formal education, no college degree, and little help from anyone. Yet, they seem to find the time to take care of themselves and live their lives in ways many would consider normal. How can you tap into this? By noticing when you're being inspired by people who are going the extra mile. Take, for example, Mark Cuban, the billionaire entrepreneur and television personality. He told me that one of the reasons he gets so much done is because he extends himself emotionally and mentally through his work. Being around people who are making an effort can be mentally draining because there's so much going around you — all of it invisible to you — but being inspired by someone can extend your mental resources for a time.
2. You don't always "need to do more."
It's easy to feel like doing more is the answer to every problem. No matter how small the project or assignment, there will always be more things to do. It's easy to feel like you've "finished" something when you've put in the time and effort required. It's easy to fail because of this feeling — or, at least, it becomes tempting when you don't feel like working anymore (which can lead to burnout). To avoid this, recognize the good times and the small achievements that make up your routine. Then look at how you felt when you finally finished (no matter how much longer it took). Was it worth the wait?
3. Adjust your daily routines
Many people create space in their day to separate their work from their personal time. They make a conscious effort to make time for exercise, creativity, in-person socializing and eating healthy. When you create this kind of routine, it becomes easier to create new habits around these areas of your life. For example, exercising daily makes it easier to start exercising at work or school (when possible) instead of leaving it until the last minute when you get home from running. Learning how to focus on the here and now instead of getting caught up in trying to outdo yourself or pursuing a goal can be difficult but rewarding. It is a mindset shift and requires a new perspective if you want greater success in your career or life.
4. Schedule in blank time
We've found that a weekly tech detox is one of the most effective methods to improve my mental and physical health. Of course, we're not talking about just clearing your mind of all distractions, either (although that is a big part of it). Instead, we're talking about removing technology from your life for a period (usually at least one week) during which you diet, workout, clean your houses, get more sleep, and do whatever else helps you feel clearer and more energized.
What should aspiring entrepreneurs to consider?
You don't have to be a genius to work at a high level. All you need to do is determine what works best for you regarding setting and achieving your goals. You can focus on building out a game plan that takes advantage of your unique abilities, finding new ways to interact with others, figuring out how to get the most out of your time, and figuring out ways to connect with others who will trust you enough to let you work on their projects.
You will not achieve anything meaningful unless you follow through on your intentions and do the work necessary to earn your friends' trust as well as the trust of those who likely don't want to give it to you but can't stop you. The golden rule is something that can never be taken away from you. Life is too short to be bothered with the little things.
Let's get sh*t done, together
Entrepreneurship is an overwhelming desire to change the world and bring about positive social change in as little as possible.
- Do you aspire to change the world through business activities?
- Do you struggle with getting inspired and executing your plan, even when others inspire you?
- Do you find it hard to make decisions, pay bills on time, and manage your time effectively?
If your answers are yes, then our Aspiring Entrepreneur Mindset 101 guide might be exactly what you need. On the other hand, if you feel as though you already know what entrepreneurship is — if you answered yes to any of these questions, then An aspiring entrepreneur needs a specific mindset that will help them grow in this business. If you want to be successful, you're going to need a bit of help understanding where you're at and what needs to be done to get there.