Lately, I’ve found that one of the the biggest struggles of being an entrepreneur is managing the hustle. When we are passionate about what we do and we love it so much that it doesn’t feel like “work”, it can be difficult sometimes to know when we need to turn it down a notch.
I’ll never forget a comment someone once made when we were talking about the whole work-life balance that we all dream of achieving. He said, “When I’ve stopped being creative, then I know I’m working too hard and I need to give myself a break.” I believe that there is such wisdom in this!
There is a fine line between leaning into the hustle to get work done and leaning in too far that we ultimately become burnt out. And while none of us will ever achieve the perfect work-life balance, there are steps we can take to prevent ourselves from working overcapacity that can lead to exhaustion, frustration, and sometimes, even resentment.
5 Ways to Better Manage the Hustle
Check in with yourself. Are you still loving what you’re working so hard for? Is your hustle filling you with energy and productivity, or is it leaving you exhausted? Are you still being creative? Ask yourself some questions to gauge where you’re at emotionally and mentally. It can actually be counterproductive when we reach the point of burn out, so it’s important to try and stop it before it happens.
Build boundaries. It’s nearly impossible to be readily available and on 24/7 while still staying sane. Try building boundaries around your work to be able to be more present with others and to give yourself a break. For me, this looks like shutting my computer and phone off at a certain time to spend quality time with my husband at night.
Speaking of… take a digital detox. It seems like nowadays, building a business often revolves around electronics. I don’t know about you, but I find myself glued to my phone and computer throughout the day to check social media, emails and other projects. More times than not, I find my phone in my hand more than on the desk! Try taking a digital detox every now and then either over the weekend or on a vacation to help relax and restore your mind.
Pick up a hobby. But not just any hobby. One that has nothing to do with your hustle. For example, my days are filled with writing and creating recipes in the kitchen. A good hobby for me might be a sewing class, pottery class or even finding a running group! As an entrepreneur, it’s important to connect with others who are not necessarily in your niche or “tribe”, and this is a great way to do this!
Take a staycation. When we are always on the go, it’s important to prioritize our health amidst the chaos. Self-care is a great way to do just that! This could mean a long bath at night with some relaxing music playing in the background, scheduling a massage, or even taking a staycation. Many resorts will even let you use the pool and spa area for the day for a day fee. Pina colada anyone?
It might seem admirable to throw ourselves into our work morning, day and night, but in the end it will do more harm than good, especially when it comes to our health. Just as we care for our business, we should care for ourselves and learn to better manage the hustle to be more productive and efficient in our day.
I challenge you in the next week to find a way to rest and restore your mind and body to be able to better manage the hustle. Perhaps it’s one of the suggestions above, or you can come up with your own!