Monday July 20, 2020
As an entrepreneur, one of the reasons you likely started your business is for time freedom.
More time to...
- enjoy your life;
- be with friends and family;
- travel the world;
- volunteer and
- do the things that you like to do.
Then you get into entrepreneurship and end up working more than you did when you were working for someone else.
If this has been your experience, you are not alone. This was definitely my experience. In fact in my earlier years, I was a workaholic.
Not just because I loved it but also because I felt like I had to work all the time in order to get results.
However, over the years of studying entrepreneurs and human performance I've learned that there is a better way.
Not enough entrepreneurs take rest days, vacations, and long weekends.
I understand that if you're reading this, you're likely living in one of the cultures that promote hustle. The cultures where people say ‘Oh you're working so hard, good for you!’
Of course it is important to have a good work ethic but there's a big difference between being focused while at work and working your life away, hustling.
Entrepreneurs think that they're not going to be as productive or they won't get results if they don't work all the time.
---> BUT that's just simply not true! <---
Here is a little bit about the science behind hustling.
I recently found an article that was from 2018 that cited the most productive countries. The top five, particularly from this year, were all European countries.
Luxembourg was at the top, Denmark is in there, as well as a few others. They have 29 to 35 hour work weeks and in Denmark which has been cited as the happiest country in the world.
If you're working overtime or past four o'clock, they think ‘‘Is there something wrong with her? Why doesn't she have her work done?’.
Which is so different from the mentality in North America.
So, what if we as North American's (or any entrepreneur who believe hustle is the way), decided to start breaking the cultural idea that you have to hustle your way to success?
Now, in that particular study of countries the U.S. is at number six however even in the description they talked about how the U.S. is the one country that doesn't follow the rest and rejuvenate yourself philosophy but yet is still productive.
Sure you can hustle your way to burn out and eventual success, but why do that when there's an easier way?
We need to break the cycle and help people understand there is a better way and it's not just hearsay, it's actual science.
Likely if you've been working too much your intuition is telling you... you're tired. You're not a machine, you are a human being and you need rest, relaxation and joy.
One of the things as a mindset coach that I've noticed is a lot of people feel like they need to "earn" the right to rest by reaching certain results first.
The truth is you deserve rest because you need rest.
Another reason to rest is that it will help you to be more creative.
The science of creativity shows us that your most creative moments come not when you're working all the time but when you're doing things that bring you joy or quiet your mind (like exercise, meditation and being in nature).
My hope for you is that, if you are working too much, you will book regular rest days.
Before you even do your marketing planning book in personal time, book in long weekends, and book in random days off.
Stop working so hard because it is only burning you out and putting you in a productivity space that doesn't access your highest point of creativity.
If you need permission to take time off and enjoy your life while you're building your business, now you have it!
When you start thinking about it you realize the only reason you think you need to work harder is because of a cultural belief system.
I'd love for you to leave a comment and tell me when you're taking your next vacation (long or short).