“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”
Don’t you feel this proverb was written as a reminder for our overworked souls? A friendly reminder to slow down and take a break. Unfortunately, we are living in times where to feel worthy, we need to be productive and working at all times.
All of us are busy glorifying and following a culture where work comes before everything else. A culture where we have associated our importance with the amount of work we do. If maximum hours of your day are not spent working on something, you are supposed to feel guilty and beat yourself up about it.
Before we get into the details of how this hustle culture is affecting your well-being and how you can beat it, let’s understand the concept of the same.
What is hustle culture?
Hustle culture requires you to be working overtime and relentlessly in the pursuit of a goal, which varies from person to person. Following this culture makes it difficult for you to live in the present. As you are always working to give your 110% to achieve something bigger and better in the future.
While there is no problem with working towards the fulfillment of your goals. The problem is in treating work as the only part of your life that matters and makes a difference.
The other problem is that you have been a part of this culture for so long that you do not see the problem with it.
A survey found out that 83.8% of the respondents find working overtime to be a normal occurrence, while 69.6% confess that they regularly work on weekends. Moreover, 60.8% of them feel guilty when they do not put in extra hours at work.
These figures are saddening since when did overwork yourself become normal, and aren’t weekends for reconnecting with family, yourself, and rejuvenation??
How did we become a part of this hustle culture??
People around us, influential personalities, social media posts, motivational speakers, friends. Wherever you look, you will find either a subtle or a direct hint of the hustle culture.
Now discussions with friends are hardly about relaxing getaways, poker nights, nostalgic memories. They are more about the next upcoming venture, the number of income streams, and the hours they are putting in besides regular working hours to get better professionally.
Quotes like “Don’t stop when you are tired, stop when you’re done”, have become jargons and phone wallpapers. These are motivating but subconsciously load your brain with pressure. Contrary to this famous quote, you need to stop when you are tired. If at all you want to be sane and keep going.
How to beat the Hustle Culture??
Looking at various studies and reports one thing is clear that the Hustle Culture is not sustainable. Your mental and physical health needs to be prioritized overwork, meetings, and deadlines.
Nobody is stopping you from pursuing your dreams. All you need is to put certain boundaries in place.
I am going to talk about some of how you can beat the hustle culture-
1.Self-observance & analysis- Be self-aware to an extent that if working too much is costing you your mental and physical health, you should be able to know and take action. You need to know the difference between working and addiction to just being busy. You will know it’s time to stop whenever you start associating your worth with the number of hours you are working. Be aware of your physical and mental limits to notice whenever they feel tested.
2.Work smarter not harder- The number of hours you clock in at work is not a measure of your work. This obsession with overworking yourself to keep up with the hustle culture is nothing but harmful. The results that you get always depend on the quality of work you do and not its quantity. Too much hustle and always focusing on whether you are doing enough only kills your productive side. It is better to shift focus from how much and how soon to break the cycle of this hustle culture.