Why Hustle Culture is Toxic – and What To Do About It

April 28, 2022 0 By EngineerMommy

What is hustle culture? This is a modern phenomenon, where one’s focus is on his/her career – or building side businesses – in such a way that personal time, hobbies, self-care, etc. all fall by the wayside. There are a few essays in this book (amazing book – totally recommend 100%) that discuss hustle culture and the dangers of it.

So how do you combat hustle culture? There are a number of ways:

  1. Monitor your energy levels. Either keep a log of daily energy levels or consider putting it in your journal. When you notice energy levels dip, it’s a sign that your body needs more downtime. Schedule it.
  2. Schedule downtime & pursue hobbies. It may seem silly at first, but as someone who is a workaholic at times, scheduling downtime is essential. It forces us to be more intentional with our days. Pursuing hobbies that bring us joy will help to reinforce a more balanced lifestyle. Schedule time to pursue those hobbies.
  3. Set boundaries. Boundaries will help you be the best version of yourself. Learn to say “no” to others that make too many demands on your time; this can be very difficult for some people, but it’s key to take back control of your days – and life.
  4. Focus on what makes the biggest impact in your life. Ever heard of the Pareto Principle? It’s a phenomenon that states that roughly 80% of outcomes come from 20% of causes. Applied to hustle culture, it can be viewed that 80% of your success comes from 20% of your efforts. So take time to evaluate which of your tasks are most important to your success – and then skip everything else.


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