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Found this amazing post via Kate Morris.
Powerful stuff: "The idea that, without 'hustle', without throwing away nights and weekends, without putting your life on hold for your work, you’ll somehow be more successful, more productive, is ridiculous to me, yet continues to be pushed by participants in our industry left and right. This is, quite simply, insane."
It's not about "working smarter, not harder"... but about actually working less, but doing better work because of it.
Powerful stuff, Jon & Kate! I just finished reading this - http://goo.gl/pwbls shared by Wil Reynolds on G+ (kind of resonates with this article a bit). A lot to think about and examine today. Thanks!
It is actually about "being happy". Some people derive pleasure from working hard and some not. In the end everybody wants to be happy. So there is no "one size fit all" solution here. Just do what makes you happy.
Good read, but I think it's unrealistic for any one person to say what qualifies as working too hard or not hard enough. For some, it's going to take 60+ hours a week to get from point A to point B.
You're a workoholic. Or your still very young. Nobody can work 60h a week without negatively impacting health.
I think this is what many feel deep down but don't want to admit. It's way more fashionable to throw your entire being into your work, but it's much healthier to find balance.
Also: striving to find balance doesn't mean you care less about your work. In fact, I'd argue that finding balance means you care more about your work.
...and more about the things outside of work, too. Not to mention more about yourself.
It's taken a while, but I'm finally beginning to understand that. :)
I think that the philosophy that working too hard is less productive is a bit of wishful thinking. That being said, we're not machines. We're human beings with only so much psychological capital.Part of the problem is that working hard is difficult to distinguish from producing great work from the perspective of someone reviewing your work. In fact, it's difficult to distinguish the two upon introspection sometimes.
The final thing, like you said, is recognizing that some people get their satisfaction from the grind, or so they claim. If that's true, psychologically they have an advantage in that they can go all in day in and day out and they find it incredibly rewarding and satisfying. The normal person should not be expected to match or compete with that, because it will only reduce the quality of their work and make them unhappy in their work.
It's not wishful thinking. There are numerous studies that prove how long hours drain productivity. In capitalism the most simplistic approaches from the early industrialization period still prevail though.
Also, I think this is worth noting [copied and pasted from my commentary on Facebook]:
I'm starting to see colleagues getting ticked about this article on Twitter. I guess if someone's putting in extra hours for their work and that's their main priority, that's their business.The problem is when we hold each other to our personal standards to the point of applying pressure to conform. Whatever side of the debate you're on, it's no fair to hold someone to your personal ideals.Personally, I find the all-hours "startup hustle" exhausting. I can certainly appreciate it, but I know for myself I start exhibiting the symptoms this author wrote about. If it works for others, so be it. Just don't knock me down for not working 60-hour weeks.
I'm with you on this, Lauren. Also, working insane hours can be great for a period of time when you're on your own, few responsibilities (no spouse no kids), and have the energy. This is often when you're younger.
If someone wants to work insane hours, I tell them to enjoy it while they can, and to take a break and cut back when they tire themselves out (and they will). To cut back, realize that it'll take about 6 months to get to the point where you feel balanced again (from my experience).
I see where the author is coming from and I like it. I'd love to more fully implement the "work when you're productive, don't work when you're not". I actually get productive at night, so if I can rock out a couple hours of work then and not do it in the middle of the day when I'm tired, that's awesome. This is hard with an office and a team, though, that you need to be available for.
Totally. I was an "all-in" professional five years ago - loved the adrenaline rush of pushing myself super hard. I started to change my tune when I saw what it was doing to my marriage just a few years back. It was like my husband and I were living separate lives. That's when I had to reevaluate.
The flexibility of being able to work based on my energy levels is one of the things that keeps me an independent. I started considering today the possibility of working a few intense weeks to get a month ahead of my work and take some time off without a lull in income.
We all want to work smarter. We all want to work less while achieving more. Yet none of us will understand if this works until we try it. So... while many of us enjoy getting lost in work, this isn't something we shouldn't consider until it has been tested. So... who's up for testing? Sign up sheets anyone? Ha.
Second most common regret of the dying: "I wish I hadn't worked so hard." (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying)
I thought it was an excellent post and agree with a lot said here, however I understood hustle to be far more of an attitude to surpass naysayers and be an effective negotiator than merely a work all hours diehard.
Yeah I'm with ya. I never (personally) imagined hustle as just pouring in more hours, more getting as much done as possible - regardless of that taking 8 hours a day or 12. If I do a 6 hour day on a Saturday, I get more done than I see others do in a week. Hours != work.