I see you.  You want to make a difference.  You want to make a change.  It might be driven by your own, personal need (more money, more title, more bling).  It might be driven because you want to make an impact.  So first off know that you are seen.

But…

You look manic. There is no nice way of saying/writing this. Your energy makes you look manic. Don’t get me wrong, I love the energy, and I know it comes from a good place. It’s just that your energy is all, well, splattered. And you just look exhausted.

It might be why no one actually believes you’ll do or finish what you say you will. They love you and they want to support you, but you look like you are on the edge of a breakdown.

And let’s face the ugly truth: If anyone asked if you were actually getting anything done with all of your hustling, you’d have to face your own reality: probably no. Maybe a little, but it’s a precious little at best. You are keeping the ship afloat but have no idea where you are floating.

I see this and I feel for you. Not in a pity sort of way. I just know where you are and what you can do to help the situation. I know this because I’ve been there. Shoot, I feel like I’m there all of the time.

And I know what comes next.  Burnout.hustle-image

The bigger the hustle, the bigger the burnout.  And the faster the burnout. To make matters worse, the road to recovery mirrors your burnout. The longer, the harder, the faster, the uglier.

So before the burnout bug bites or you simply run out of fuel like the the Energizer bunny, I thought I’d share six of the many lessons I’ve learned about hustling. There are more, but these are some of the real game changers. I remind myself of these weekly because I’m just like you: a hustling human full of good intentions and limited time and energy.

6 lessons I’ve learned from the trenches:

  1. Know how your current actions fit in to your bigger plan. If you don’t know, pause those actions for now and shift focus to something that does have a clear reason. (And yes, feeling good can be a clear reason if it balances other efforts.)
  2. Be selfish with your time and energy. You don’t get either of these back.
  3. Know what you need to be doing vs what you want to do. Focus on the needs not wants.
  4. If you say you’ll do it, then do it. Schedule it in right away. If you can’t take anything else on, respectfully decline until your calendar frees up a bit.
  5. Map it out by writing it down. Buy a planner, a wall chart, a blank piece of paper…whatever you need to make planning fun and liberating. Ditch the computer for this step. Start by actually writing it down in an actual notebook. Use colors, stickers, post it notes, etc. to keep it interesting and enjoyable.
  6. Make space to move and play. Decline the meeting, stop the project, close the computer, but down the smart phone. Get out and stretch your body and your imagination.

You love the hustle so I won’t tell you to stop. Consider this permission to let the hustle go.

There is no glory in hustling without perspective. Those without are merely human hamsters running in their wheel of life.

Gain perspective. Map it out. Execute. Hustle.

With Grit, Grace and some mad Hustle,

Ann

PS – Does mapping it out overwhelm you? Let me know below. I have a secret project I’m working on and I need some people to play with. Want to be part of it?  Email me at ann@inspiredgrit.com and tell me why you want help hustling 🙂