How to work better without working 'harder' #motivationmonday
“How do you work so hard?”
I think we’ve all asked someone this. Usually, we’re thinking:
How do they know so much about sneakers?
How do they stay on shoots for so long?
After reflecting on these thoughts, something becomes apparent; these people aren’t as ‘hard-working’ as we think.
When someone shares their dedication, I usually imagine myself doing the same thing. Most of the time, however, the idea of doing their work for hours conjures images reminiscent of Oliver Twist, rather than fun.
While I don’t abide by the Gary Vaynerchuk policy of ‘work until you drop,’ I do think everyone has something they’re willing to go above and beyond for.
To outsiders, you probably look insane. To you, however, you’re just living your life. While work often bleeds outside contracted hours, magic happens when you happily CHOOSE for it to. When you read books on your craft for fun, rather than assignment, suddenly you become smarter than your bosses expect. When you do fun projects that relate to the work you do, they often result in the best creative ideas.
In university, I enjoyed my subject of English literature well-enough. However, I always wondered – how would I have performed in a fashion-focused program? Would I have had more friends? Would I have achieved higher marks?
From my short-window of life experience (I am only 22 after all), I’ve come to realize that I probably would have. In the few jobs I’ve had, I’ve realized that how long my day feels is more important than how long it actually is. In paying attention to feeling, rather than perceptions from others, I’ve gained a greater sense of what I like and don’t like.
The topic of work-life balance is tricky and triggering. While there are certain aspects of work that aren’t always great, keeping work and fun as close as possible allows us to be competitive in this crazy industry.
I would love to know:
What do you go above and beyond for?
How will you make work fun this week?
Thank you so much for reading! In the lead-up to this week’s episode, check out my latest one featuring Jodi Muter-Hamilton of Black Neon Digital below!