Breaking Up With The Hustle

It’s time to ask yourself, “Do I want to be the human embodiment of a caffeinated squirrel, or is there more to life than the hustle?”

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Breaking up with hustle culture mindset? We say yes!

Picture this: You’re on your fifth cup of coffee and your to-do list resembles the Magna Carta. It’s time to ask yourself, “Do I want to be the human embodiment of a caffeinated squirrel, or is there more to life than the hustle?”

Let’s start by debunking the myth that busyness equals success. Sure, we’ve all seen those motivational memes while scrolling endlessly on IG. And what about those successful CEO’s claiming they only sleep three hours a night? I know, I know – we have the same 24 hours as Beyonce’.

Spoiler alert: it’s not sustainable, and it’s exhausting trying to keep up this charade.

Here’s the nitty-gritty: imagine letting GO of the constant stress of trying to prove your worth through an ever-growing workload. It’s like breaking up with a clingy ex who texts you at 3 am asking if you miss them. Trust me; your mental health with thank you.

But hey, I get it. We’ve been conditioned to believe that the busier we are, the more successful we become. It’s a cultural norm deeply ingrained in our psyche, like the fear of accidentally sending a text to the wrong person. Both are recipes for disaster.

So, how do we make the grand exit from the hustle-induced fever dream?

First, let’s redefine success. Success isn’t burning the midnight oil until your sanity flickers like a dying lightbulb. It’s about achieving balance (well, as close to it as you can), finding joy in your work, and having enough energy left over to just enjoy life. Like binge-watching Netflix or attempting to bake without setting off the fire alarm (has the pandemic taught us nothing?!)

Guilt is real – but it’s time to show him the door. Embrace the idea that downtime isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a crucial pit stop on the highway to sanity. We don’t have to “earn” time to ourselves. Nor do we only get to step away once or twice a year. After all, if we wanted the standard two week vacay, why did we even go into business for ourselves?

So, what’s the alternative to the hustle? It’s called intentional work. It’s about quality over quantity, my friends. Think of it like crafting a gourmet meal instead of speed-eating at the drive-thru. The most successful people aren’t constantly on the hamster wheel.

Newsflash: You’re not missing out on anything; you’re gaining sanity. The only thing you’re missing out on is burnout, and trust me, that’s one party you won’t regret skipping.

In the grand finale of our breakup with hustle culture, let’s celebrate the art of saying no. It’s liberating, like wearing stretchy pants after a month of skinny jeans. So no to overcommitting, say no to unnecessary stress, and say yes to reclaiming your time like a boss.

Oh, and if something doesn’t bring you joy or align with your overall goals, say no to that too!

Just remember that life is too short to be constantly sprinting. Find joy in the journey and laugh in the face of those who insist that success is a race. The hustle culture mindset may have had its moment, but it’s time to let it go and make room for a healthier, happier, and more sustainable way of living.

Cheers to breaking up with the hustle!

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