There’s little I love more than connecting a good idea to the needs of people in my community. Expressing myself creatively while meeting my families financial needs and pleasing customers is the trifecta of wholesome entrepreneurship.
Not long ago, I found myself swept up in the hustle. All good works, but often too much of a good thing. Too much time online and constant distraction from what was happening in my everyday life.
When life is in balance I’m excited and inspired by my work. I’m innovative without compromising what matters most. When I’m hustling the work is all that matters.
We’ve all got our own threshold for hustle, and mine is fairly low. I start grinding my teeth, ignore my kids while I’m on my phone looking for clicks and likes, snack mindlessly and exercise less.
I don’t like that version of myself.
It took some practice, but over time I’ve learned to identify the warning signs and slow my roll.
Here are some practical ideas for slowing down the hustle:
-Pay attention to how you feel while you work. If your anxious or stressed look for ways to scale back a bit.
-Become intentional with screen time by making a list of necessary tasks or enjoyable scrolling on paper before picking up a device.
-Be mindful of the return on investment you are getting with how you spend your time.