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Covid-19 has taught us that we are more than the AI machines we desire.
We are more than a series of tasks to be done in time-blocked calendars.
More than just zoom calls, slack pings and Facebook DMs.
We are more than the definition of a hustler. No, we are the whole and holistic fragments that need to be treated. We are what fulfills us.
After the lockdown, it quickly became clear that what we thought was important didn't matter. We didn't die postponing meetings and prioritizing anxious children over customers. The peace we had wished for in order to descend into busy lives finally did. And for a minute it seemed like our existence was an all-rounder. Because that's exactly what people know.
Work a ton of hours a day or do nothing at all.
There is never anything in between.
But life should be lived in between. It'll be fine here.
We finally got permission to relax. Perhaps that is why we can now look for new solutions to old problems. But why didn't we listen to our brains that threatened to sizzle and fry before it was the end of the world as we knew it was?
The hectic mentality. It was pretty good sucking us in.
I've reinvented the hustle and bustle since my illness in 2014 and had to stop working because of long-term Lyme disease and other co-infections and illnesses. I've been digging deep into the rabbit hole since 2016 and hooked up with well over 100 trainers to explore common keys to success.
Guess what? The truth is in the middle.
It's in the anti-bustle, or as I like to call it, in the sick hectic.
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It's in the way you prioritize that keeps your business going, but it also focuses on what keeps you going. Because without you there is no business.
These six simple principles come from my troubled life. They allow you to get what you need to do without diving into the ground – with some cool health benefits.
- What are your daily business goals? Finish them off.
- What do you need when you work After a big project, I build up in time to rest or do some pointless activity to reset my brain and get sharp again.
- Who is in your orbit and how do they need you? Mute your phone and read it to your child. Stop time from moving that fast.
- Don't forget to network! It's as simple as sending a single LinkedIn connection request every day.
- When was the last time you ate or drank protein?
- How are you? If you wake up and stab your toe before you shed a tear, sit down and have a cup of coffee without thinking about your next task for five to ten minutes. Mini breaks are wonderful. Treat yourself to what you need to start your day again.
These aspects of our life don't seem to have anything to do with work, but they do. If the volume you've worked on in your pipeline makes you feel so pushed to do so much, you can re-submit what you're doing. That doesn't sound like passion to me.
My research for this article drew me to this quote from Elena Touroni, Ph.D., a consulting psychologist and co-founder of the Chelsea Psychology Clinic in London: “Staying up to date increases our stress levels and reduces our productivity significantly. "
Yes, we are designed to do less.
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If that's not enough, I've done more research asking us to slow it down. Dena M. DiNardo, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist based in Philadelphia, notes that a constant hectic pace prepares us for disappointment. "It can keep you feeling that your skills or knowledge will expire soon after you acquire them and that we always have to do more to stay relevant."
Then I came across this breathtaking truth from George Arabian, CEO of Nvision: "You only hear about the success stories and not from the victims of this mentality."
It's true. Society and the self-made community have set a big example of what success means and what doesn't.
Almost kill yourself as you drain from every aspect of your life to build your business: win.
Take strategic breaks that mean less volume but more satisfaction as you maintain all parts of your life: lose.
But how did you grow when you are too sick, tired, sad and stressed out to enjoy the fruits of your labor?
The CDC states, "Working too hard is the opposite of self-care." Just another proof that the rush is not good for us whether we want to hear it or not.
Overwork and stress also contribute to cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, and an increased risk of stroke and cancer. Keep dropping the high stress hormone cortisol in your body and prepare for a chronic illness. The cherry is back and neck pain from muscle tension. Because of this, healthcare costs for people with high levels of stress are almost fifty percent higher than for people with less stress.
There is no better time to wonder if what you are doing is worth it and how to do it.
Living and working must be sustainable for a company to endure. It took a pandemic to get us into our homes and heads. We can use this time to rearrange our priorities as we wished from the jump, to plan and cope with everyday life without being overwhelmed.
My trajectory stalled when I had to reinvent myself. I am grateful and have thought many times that not many people have the chance to start over in the middle of the game and change the record.
But now everyone who is awake has this opportunity. The shot into a new era: the anti-hustle of entrepreneurship. Let's not waste this gift just to wake up years in the future wishing we had used the incredible time the whole world was restarted.
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